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.

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