Husband pleads guilty to killing Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena

June 26, 2013 4:13 p.m. | Wounded Iraq war veteran Benjamin Sebena pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree intentional homicide for fatally shooting his wife while she was on patrol as a Wauwatosa police officer Christmas Eve.

Jennifer Sebena died from multiple gunshot wounds, some inflicted by her own service weapon after her husband first shot her with his own gun after lying in wait outside a Wauwatosa fire station where his wife was on break.

At his sentencing Aug. 9, Sebena will face life in prison, though Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Borowski could decide to allow Sebena to petition for supervised release as early as 20 years from now.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams said the state had agreed to recommend that Borowski make Sebena eligible to seek release after 50 years. The judge could decide to sentence Sebena to life without any possibility of release.

As he has for all his court appearances, Sebena, 30, again wore a blue, padded suicide prevention gown and was chained into a wheelchair. In a clear and alert voice, he stated and spelled his name, said, "Guilty, your honor," and answered "yes sir" to numerous questions from the judge designed to make sure the plea was being made freely, voluntarily and intelligently.

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Subscribe to NOW's weekly newsletter for chance to win Summerfest tickets

June 25, 2013 9:03 a.m. | Subscribe to the MyCommunityNOW Suburban Roundup newsletter to get news delivered to you weekly and for your chance to win a pair of Summerfest tickets.

Head to the Journal Interactive Network newsletters page and sign up to receive the Suburban News Roundup newsletter, which is distributed on Thursday mornings. In this week's edition, there will be a item telling subscribers how they can enter a sweepstakes for Summerfest tickets.

Five winners will be announced via email on Friday, June 28.

Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

June 19, 2013 8:07 a.m. | Bluegrass music filled Humboldt Park last night in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert.

But 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, which featured Pay the Devil / The Best Westerns.

Graduation in the suburbs photo gallery now online

June 10, 2013 10:32 a.m. | It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.

Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.

Central nips Tosa East kickers, 1-0, on Kenney's goal

June 06, 2013 11:29 p.m. | Wauwatosa East won’t miss Brookfield Central senior Morgan Kenny.

It was Kenny who provided the only goal in Central’s 1-0 sectional semifinal victory over the Red Raiders on Thursday night – and it was also Kenny who provided the assist in the Lancers 1-0 win over East on May 13.

Kenny connected at the 20:02 mark off an assist from sophomore Emma Brauer. It was all the Lancers (14-5-3) needed to advance to Saturday’s final with Brookfield East, whom they defeated 2-0 on Saturday at Central.

“It’s something we worked on in practice all the time,” Central head coach Jason Burdge said. “It was off one of our throw-ins. We scored a few goals on it this year. In practice, we made a couple of tweaks on it and that’s how Morgan got in there.”

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Tosa police: Driver honest about being too drunk to drive

June 05, 2013 9:45 a.m. | Mix 10 vodka pressers, a strip club and an El Camino with a dose of honesty and you have a second drunken driving offense for a man who was pulled over at 60th Street and Bluemound Road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer saw the man speeding in a blue El Camino about 11:15 p.m. May 3. The driver of the El Camino swerved around another car, causing his tires to squeal. The officer decided to pull him over.

Before the officer could speak, the driver said "How ya doing? I'm drunk." The man continued to be honest about being drunk while the officer questioned him. He said he had been at a strip club earlier in the evening. When asked why he had cut the driver off, he admitted again that he was drunk and said that he "wanted to get around the other dude."

In the middle of reciting his ABCs during the sobriety test, he said "Q, R, S ... Oh, my god. I would have never thought I'd be ... R, S, P."

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2013 WIAA State Track and Field photo gallery updated

June 02, 2013 10:47 a.m. | has just updated its photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.

Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.

You can see a photo gallery of the 2012 state track and field meet here.

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