Sebena memorial fund established

Dec. 29, 2012 7:46 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Peace Officers Association, or WPOA, has set up a memorial fund for Officer Jennifer Sebena, who was shot to death in the Village of Wauwatosa on Christmas Eve.

Those wishing to show support can do so by making donations to the "Officer Jen Sebena Memorial Fund" at any branch of Focus Credit Union. There are two branches in Wauwatosa: 3180 N. 124th St., Suite A and 1530 N. 68th St. There is also a branch in Menomonee Falls, at N88 W14930 Main St.

Donations can be made via check, cash or debit transfer.

The WPOA said they are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and other police branches.

Family, friends, officers remember Jennifer Sebena

Dec. 29, 2012 1:00 p.m. | Jennifer Sebena always went the extra mile to make those around her happy, according to family and friends.

They recalled her infectious smile that could put light in the darkest corner of a room. Whether it was through her involvement with high school students via her church, volunteering through charity or becoming a police officer for Wauwatosa, she dedicated herself to others.

Sebena's funeral was held at Elmbrook Church on Saturday and was filled with hundreds of fellow officers, firefighters, family and friends. She is survived by her mother Violet Gerhat, her father Jack Wernitznig, and brother Jacob Wernitznig.

Sebena, age 30, joined the Wauwatosa Police Department in January 2011 after graduating from MATC's police academy. Her time with the force was ended on Christmas Eve when she was shot to death outside of the Wauwatosa Fire Station. Her husband Benjamin Sebena was charged with the crime and would later tell police that he shot her, according to the Milwaukee County criminal complaint.

Becoming an officer was something she pursued with a passion and dedication that matched her care for others, according to friend and former coworker Barbara Lundin.

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Looking for something to do this winter? Check out WhatNOW

Dec. 28, 2012 12:34 p.m. | Winter can feel pretty long in Wisconsin, especially once all the holiday hoopla is over.

In that spirit, MyCommunityNOW invites you to check out our special WhatNOW? section for some tips on how to stay busy this winter. You'll find a list of stories on interesting winter activities, a map of some great places to spend time this winter and more.

We also invite you to share your own ideas on what you like to do during the winter. Your comments may appear in a future issue of NOW newspapers.

WhatNOW? A guide to staying busy this winter.

Husband charged in Tosa officer's murder

Dec. 27, 2012 7:46 p.m. | Benjamin Sebena has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Milwaukee County Circuit Court this afternoon. He stands accused of shooting his wife, Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena five times on Christmas Eve morning, police chief Barry Weber and Wisconsin Department of Justice Director of Field Operations David Spakowicz during in a news conference.

Benjamin Sebena confessed to killing his wife, according to the criminal complaint. It goes on to say he told officers he had been stalking his wife for several days and that on the day he shot her, he had waited several hours for her.

He shot her after she left Fire Station No. 1, where she had taken a break, it says.

He also told officers that as he shot her, she reached for her gun. He took that gun and shot her in the face three times with it. He said that he wanted to make sure that she was dead so she wouldn't suffer, the complaint states.

A Wauwatosa officer was sent to look for Jennifer Sebena about 5 a.m. Monday, after she failed to respond to a dispatcher. Jennifer Sebena was found outside the backdoor of the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

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Slain officer's husband jailed; police seek homicide charge

Dec. 27, 2012 8:12 a.m. | Benjamin Sebena last night was booked into Milwaukee County Jail on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide relating to the death of Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena, his wife, on Dec. 24, the Wauwatosa Police Department and state Division of Criminal Investigation announced today.

Jennifer Sebena's body had been found near Wauwatosa Fire Station No. 1 in the Village; she had been shot multiple times, according to Tosa police Lt. Gerald Witkowski.

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Wauwatosa officer's funeral scheduled for Saturday

Dec. 26, 2012 9:24 p.m. | Funeral services will be held Saturday for Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer L. Sebena, who was fatally shot Monday while on duty in the village, police announced Wednesday.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until noon at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road in Brookfield, where a service will immediately follow.

Interment will be held after the service at Wisconsin Memorial park, 13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.

Jennifer Sebena becomes 263rd police officer to die in line of duty in Wisconsin

Dec. 24, 2012 8:52 p.m. | Law enforcement officers said Wednesday morning they are following multiple leads as they try to put together the facts about what happened to Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena in the moments before her death on Christmas Eve.

Sebena, 30, was found dead near Fire Station 1, 1601 Underwood Ave., about 5 a.m. Monday. She had been shot multiple times, Wauwatosa Police Lt. Gerald Witkowski said.

When a dispatcher attempted to send Sebena out on a call and didn't get a response, another officer was sent to investigate.

The officer found Sebena's body near Harmonee and Underwood avenues, Witkowski said. The area was searched, but no suspects were found. The Wauwatosa Police Department would not confirm whether she was found in her squad car.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the case.

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Wauwatosa churches impacted by death of police officer

Dec. 24, 2012 3:46 p.m. | Trinity Episcopal Church, 1717 Church St. in Wauwatosa, announced it was cancelling the 4 p.m. children's service and Christmas Pageant on Monday. The church is in the area cordoned off in the wake of the shooting of a Wauwatosa police officer.

The church still plans a night-time service.

Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, 1529 Wauwatosa Ave., announced it was planning on having both worship services Monday.

"But we may not be able to park in our parking lots, at least for the first service" scheduled at 4 p.m.

"We are advising people to plan on entering the church through our front doors - off the courtyard," officials said on the church website.

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