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.

Social media users remember Jennifer Sebena

Dec. 31, 2012 11:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was remembered on Saturday at her funeral at Elmbrook Church. 

But community members, law enforcement officials and other people didn't stop then. They continued to offer remembrances on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels. Read the social media story.

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