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Tosa police say driver obeyed traffic laws during chase

Jan. 29, 2013 10:44 a.m. | A suspect led police on a less-than-dangerous pursuit through the 100 block of North 92nd Street at 2:36 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

After trying to pull over a car driving 10 mph over the speed limit with expired registration, the officer was led on a pursuit that reached speeds of 30 mph and involved full stops at stop signs.

The suspect calmly drove with an officer flashing his lights and blaring his siren. When the officer called in and said he was in a pursuit due to expired registration, dispatch advised him to cut off the chase.

Officers came to the vehicle owner's house later and towed the suspected fleeing vehicle. The owner's mother was at the house and refused to answer any questions or let police into her home.

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Dog walk leads to recovery of stolen truck

Jan. 29, 2013 10:20 a.m. | A man took his dog for a walk and ended up witnessing a burglary and helping find a stolen truck.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man walking his dog in the 2600 block of North 85th Street saw a man park a truck in a driveway, move the truck to another driveway and walk through several front yards before heading to a back yard at 8 p.m. Jan. 22.

He memorized the truck's license plate number and called police.

The driver then got in the truck, drove past the man and threw several mason jars out the window.

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Benjamin Sebena enters not guilty plea

Jan. 24, 2013 11:15 a.m. | Benjamin Sebena, accused of killing his wife, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, while she was on duty on Christmas Eve morning, entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment Thursday.

Benjamin Sebena was wheeled into the courtroom, his feet and hands bound, his upper arms strapped to the wheelchair. He wore a sleeveless suicide prevention garment with velcro closures.

Defense attorney Michael Steinle said discovery materials from the prosecutor had just been handed to him Thursday morning, and he requested time to review them. Prosecutor Mark Williams said the materials were delayed as he had to work with multiple jurisdictions and the crime lab.

Judge David Borowski accepted Steinle's request and a court date for further proceeding was set for March 1, at 1:30 p.m.

The proceeding lasted just a few minutes.

Photo gallery of Benjamin Sebena arraignment now online

Jan. 24, 2013 10:57 a.m. | Benjamin Sebena was wheeled into court Jan. 24 wearing a suicide-prevention vest for his arraignment hearing. A photo gallery of the court proceedings is now online.

Sebena is accused of shooting his wife, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, while she was on duty Christmas Eve.

Husband pleads not guilty in shooting death of Wauwatosa officer

Jan. 24, 2013 10:20 a.m. | A decorated Iraq war veteran pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he killed his wife, a Wauwatosa police officer.

Benjamin Sebena, 30, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the Christmas Eve killing of Jennifer Sebena, also 30. He was brought into court Thursday in a wheelchair and was wearing a suicide-prevention vest. Defense attorney Michael Steinle entered the plea on Sebena's behalf.

Jennifer Sebena was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, including wounds inflicted with her own police firearm.

Prosecutors say Benjamin Sebena acknowledged ambushing his wife while she conducted a pre-dawn patrol alone in Wauwatosa. The criminal complaint says he told investigators he was a jealous husband. Police, however, aren't speculating on a motive.

A trial date will be set March 1.

Tosa police say they caught crook trying to repeat fake iPhone scam

Jan. 21, 2013 4:28 p.m. | A man's call led police to arrest a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy who allegedly was selling boxes containing watches, batteries and coins as iPhones.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man met up with the boy at McDonald's, 12324 W. North Ave., at 6 p.m. Jan. 13, thinking he was going to buy an iPhone for $220.

The boy asked to see the cash before letting the man open the box. The man forked over the money, and the boy dropped the box and ran out of the store.

The man opened the box and much to his dismay, AAA batteries sat in place of his would-be iPhone.

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Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

Alert neighbors help catch alleged Wauwatosa burglars

Jan. 15, 2013 10:09 a.m. | A concerned neighbor may have led police to alleged burglars while stopping another burglary.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A Wauwatosa woman was walking her dog when she saw two men walking around backyards in the 2100 block of North 64th Street at 11:02 a.m. Friday. Having walked her dog nearly every day down that block for years and not recognizing the two men, she called police.

Other strange events aroused the suspicion of neighbors. One woman had her doorbell ring twice, which she didn't answer. Her back door opened a few minutes later and, thinking it was her son, she called his name and the door quickly closed. A man in the neighborhood had his doorbell rung and he noticed a man circling around the back while he went to answer. "Is Marcus there?" asked a man later identified as one of the alleged prowlers. The man said no and closed the door.

Police conducted a quick search, revealing the two men. Police questioned them and came to learn that the men, both from Milwaukee and ages 19 and 20, had some items of interest on them. One had two iPods on him, one with a woman's name engraved on it.

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Woman chases alleged thief from bus, gets phone back

Jan. 15, 2013 9:40 a.m. | A 28-year-old Milwaukee woman was riding the bus and on her phone when it was allegedly snatched from her hand by a 14-year-old Milwaukee boy who was getting off the bus.

She wasn't going to let her phone go so easily and bolted after him.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boy had four of his friends try to block her from getting off with the alleged thief at the intersection of Mayfair Road and West Burleigh Street at 5:48 p.m. Saturday, but she rushed past them, chasing him and flagging down officers at the same time.

The four gave her phone back. The alleged thief was nowhere to be found until police dog Addy tracked him down.

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Tosa police: Delivery driver reported possible robbery in progress, prompting tactical response

Jan. 14, 2013 3:42 p.m. | Wauwatosa police have reopened roads from 120th to 122nd streets and Watertown Plank and Elmhurst roads, which had been cordoned off this morning while they investigated a home in the 1300 block of 121st Street.

Property tax records show the home is owned by Frankie L. Jude Jr.

Public Information Officer Lt. Christopher Fox confirmed two people are being interviewed at the police station but said no one is in custody. He also said there were no injuries in today's event.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Department incident report, a delivery driver called the intended recipient of his delivery prior to dropping it off. Before the call disconnected, the person who answered said he was being robbed. The driver went to a nearby gas station and called police.

"In responding to the area, Wauwatosa police officers found nothing outwardly apparent, but contact was not able to be established with residents or occupants of the home," Fox said in a news release sent this afternoon. 

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Wauwatosa police dog's bite ends chase with alleged liquor thief

Jan. 14, 2013 10:29 a.m. | Wauwatosa police say a 38-year-old Milwaukee man was evading them - hopping fences, running through yards, ditching evidence and nearly getting away - until canine officer Addy got a hold of his right leg.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Employees of Sendik's, 8616 W. North Ave., called police about the man after they witnessed strange behavior on his part at 4:50 p.m. Jan. 6. The man was wearing a coat much too large for him, tried purchasing a bottle of distilled water and then said he didn't have the 99 cents to pay for it.

As soon as he left, the employees reviewed video surveillance footage that showed him spiriting off three bottles of liquor, a total value of $82.

A nearby officer was there in seconds. He spotted the man walking on the sidewalk, and asked him to answer some questions.

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Wisconsin Lutheran High School screens 'Heroes Behind The Badge'

Jan. 11, 2013 10:13 a.m. |

Wisconsin Lutheran High School will host a screening of the documentary film "Heroes Behind The Badge" at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
 
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit National Law Enforcement Memorial Funds and Shielded Hearts. 
 
The film recounts the life-and-death stories of law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is at 330 N. Glenview Ave. in Milwaukee, just south of W. Blue Mound Road.
 
Visit www.heroesbehindthebadge.com or contact Eric Guse at E.Guse@glendale-wi.org for more information. You may also watch a teaser from the film below:
 

Developer seeks city financing help for ABB offices in Tosa

Jan. 11, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Zilber Property Group, which would develop ABB Inc.'s new office building proposed for Innovation Campus, is seeking financing assistance from the City of Wauwatosa.

That's according to Paulette Enders, Wauwatosa development director. A specific amount hasn't surfaced yet, but the money would be provided through a tax incremental financing district which the Common Council created in 2010 for Innovation Campus, previously known as Innovation Park.

The city funds would pay for the office building's parking structure, Enders said.

"The density will ultimately require the use of structured parking to maintain appropriate amounts of green space as called for in the development plan for Innovation Campus," she wrote, in an email.

Any specific tax financing assistance for the ABB office project would require separate council approval.

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Wauwatosa native reacts to Oscar nominations

Jan. 10, 2013 9:48 a.m. | Michael Raisler was too nervous to watch the Oscar nominations Thursday morning.

The New York-based executive producer of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was getting ready for work "when my phone started exploding," he said, with news that the film was nominated for best picture.

The film's star, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, also was nominated for best actress.

"Beasts," a fierce but tender Hurricane Katrina-themed tale about an off-the-grid community on a ramshackle island called the Bathtub, received four nominations, including best director for Behn Zeitlin. 

"This is so beyond what we ever dreamed of," said Raisler, a Wauwatosa native and Pius XI High School alum. 

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Chemical spill reported at Children's Hospital

Jan. 09, 2013 10:16 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to a spill of acetic acid inside a Children's Hospital of Wisconsin laboratory at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

No more than one quart of acetic acid, a component of vinegar, was spilled in a laboratory on the third floor of the hospital.

The spill was contained and cleaned up Wednesday morning. No evacuation of hospital staff, patients or visitors was necessary and no injuries were reported, the spokeswoman said.

The acid is used in some routine laboratory tests.

Wauwatosa woman accused of getting drunk, urinating on ex's home

Jan. 08, 2013 1:16 p.m. | Wauwatosa police officers responding to a call at 2:10 a.m. Dec. 28 say they found a drunken 30-year-old Wauwatosa woman urinating on the side of her ex-boyfriend's house in the 8000 block of Woodland Avenue.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 34-year-old Wauwatosa man, the ex-boyfriend, called police after the 30-year-old and her friend, a 53-year-old Wauwatosa woman, knocked on his door and rang his bell for three minutes.

The two had broken up earlier that day. The woman met up with her friend and started drinking.

The younger woman was confused and constantly asked police not to "beat her up." She sat in a puddle while she was being arrested, got up, was unsure of why her bottom was wet and then asked the officers if they had urinated on her.

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Police arrest boy, man after confrontations with BB guns at Mayfair

Jan. 08, 2013 12:01 p.m. | Wauwatosa police responded to two calls of teenagers armed with BB guns at Mayfair Mall in the days after Christmas, with one case connected to rumors of an attempted flash mob at the mall.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

A 19-year-old Milwaukee man and a 14-year-old Milwaukee boy were arrested on different cases of firearms possession around Mayfair on Dec. 26. The first one, taking place at 5 p.m., had police holding a 14-year-old and his friends at gunpoint after they thought he was carrying a real gun. The second arrest took place after police broke up a fight outside of McDonalds, 3131 N. Mayfair Road.

The 14-year-old and his friends brought a BB gun to the mall because they "weren't thinking." They saw rumors on Facebook that a lot of people were going to the mall, so they took two BB guns to the mall in their pants. One armed boy couldn't keep the gun from falling out of the waistline of his pants and several employees thought he had a real gun. The employees called the police, who caught the boy and friends walking out the front door.

An officer immediately held the 14-year-old and his two friends at gunpoint and told them to get down. The boy threw his gun, the tip painted black to look like a real pistol, into the snow. He was arrested and his friends were let go.

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Saturday's East-West boys basketball game time change

Jan. 07, 2013 5:25 p.m. | The annual Battle of Tosa boys basketball game as been moved up Saturday so it doesn't conflict with the Green Bay Packers-San Francisco playoff game.

The varsity game at Wauwatosa West will now begin at 5:15 p.m. while the JV game will start at 3:30 p.m.

Tosa East is 6-5 and Tosa West is 4-7.

Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1

Jan. 07, 2013 9:39 a.m. | All letters related to the spring primary must be received at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to be conisdered for publication in our print editions. All letters for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. March 15.

You can e-mail letters to news@cninow.com, fax them to (262) 446-6646 or mail them to:

NOW Newspapers
1741 Dolphin Drive Suite A
Waukesha, WI 53186

Letters must include the writer's first and last names and community of residence. This information will be published.

Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.

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Brookfield Central's strong first quarter leads to victory over Wauwatosa East

Jan. 04, 2013 10:40 p.m. | Brookfield Central jumped off to a fast start Friday and whipped Wauwatosa East’s boys basketball team, 58-42, and it was the same old story for both teams.

Central improved to 9-1 and stayed tied for first place in the Greater Metro Conference with Sussex Hamilton, each with 5-0 records, while Tosa East fell to 6-5 overall and to fourth place (3-2) in the GMC.

The Lancers jumped off to a 22-6 first quarter lead and then the teams played to a 36-36 tie the rest of the way.

Whereas Central continues to find ways to win — they drilled four 3-pointers in the first period — the Red Raiders once again couldn’t put together four good quarters against a quality opponent.

Again Central junior guard Riley LaChance had nine points with two 3-pointers and Peter Mattiacci threw in two 3-pointers to spark the first quarter run.

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North Avenue Grill in Wauwatosa sold

Jan. 04, 2013 3:04 p.m. | North Avenue Grill in Wauwatosa will be operating under a new owner, come late January.

Mike Topolovich bought the diner at 7225 W. North Ave. from business partners Jon Anne Willow and Patti Wenzel, they announced today.

Topolovich has cooked for years at John's Sandwich shop in Wauwatosa and at the Hideaway in Franklin before launching his own place. 

"If you think classic American diner with high-quality ingredients, that's what I'm shooting for," he said.

The current owners will operate the restaurant through Jan. 13, open until 8 tonight and Saturday night, then open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Jan. 11, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 13.

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Vigil for Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena is tonight

Jan. 04, 2013 2:02 p.m. | A vigil honoring Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, who was shot and killed Christmas Eve morning, is planned for 6 p.m. today at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1615 Wauwatosa Ave. Public officials, including representatives of the city, and state Sen. Lena Taylor, among others, are expected to speak.

The event is organized by Peace for Change Alliance.

Benjamin Sebena waives preliminary hearing

Jan. 03, 2013 10:26 a.m. | Benjamin Sebena, accused of shooting his wife, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, while she was on duty Christmas Eve, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday morning at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility in Milwaukee and was bound over for trial on Jan. 24.

Sebena was bound to a wheelchair and wore a Velcro coverall, and was represented by attorney Michael Steinle. Court Commissioner Barry Slagle asked Sebena if he understood the charges he faces and the waiver of the hearing, and he said he did. More than a dozen law enforcement personnel were in the courtroom, and the hearing took less than five minutes.

Community Watch

» Tosa police say driver obeyed traffic laws during chase 1/29

» Dog walk leads to recovery of stolen truck 1/29

» Benjamin Sebena enters not guilty plea 1/24

» Photo gallery of Benjamin Sebena arraignment now online 1/24

» Husband pleads not guilty in shooting death of Wauwatosa officer Updated:  1/24

» Tosa police say they caught crook trying to repeat fake iPhone scam 1/21

» Social media users showcase running in West Allis 1/21

» Alert neighbors help catch alleged Wauwatosa burglars 1/15

» Woman chases alleged thief from bus, gets phone back 1/15

» Tosa police: Delivery driver reported possible robbery in progress, prompting tactical response Updated:  1/14

» Wauwatosa police dog's bite ends chase with alleged liquor thief 1/14

» Wisconsin Lutheran High School screens 'Heroes Behind The Badge' 1/11

» Developer seeks city financing help for ABB offices in Tosa 1/11

» Wauwatosa native reacts to Oscar nominations 1/10

» Chemical spill reported at Children's Hospital Updated:  1/9

» Wauwatosa woman accused of getting drunk, urinating on ex's home 1/8

» Police arrest boy, man after confrontations with BB guns at Mayfair 1/8

» Saturday's East-West boys basketball game time change 1/7

» Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 1/7

» Brookfield Central's strong first quarter leads to victory over Wauwatosa East 1/4

» North Avenue Grill in Wauwatosa sold 1/4

» Vigil for Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena is tonight 1/4

» Benjamin Sebena waives preliminary hearing 1/3

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