Archive for December, 2012

Menendez Charged With Fatally Shoving Sen Into NY Subway Train

31-year-old woman held without bail and ordered to take a mental evaluation examination for last Thursday’s death of a man shoved into an oncoming train in Sunnyside.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 30, 2012

New York City, New York – On Saturday, Judge Gia Morris during an arraignment hearing order Erika Menendez, 31, of Queens held without bail and ordered that she take a mental evaluation examination for the death of Sunando Sen, 46, of Queens, a Hindu immigrant from India.
Sen was killed around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday by an oncoming train at the elevated 40th Street-Lowery Street train station in Sunnyside after Menendez pushed him from behind and off the platform into the train as witnesses watched in horror.
She then fled and ran down the station and disappeared. A grainy surveillance camera video was then released by police to the media in an attempt to locate Menendez who was shown running from the crime scene. Someone in Brooklyn recognized Menendez walking down the street and called police who then arrested her.
Menendez confessed to police that she pushed a Muslim of the train tracks because “…I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 (Sept. 11) when they put down the Twin Towers, I’ve been beating them up,” according to the criminal complaint.
Menendez was charged with one count of murder as a hate crime and if convicted, she is facing life in prison with an additional enhancer of 20 years in prison for the hate crime.

Sunando Sen and Police wanted sketch of Erika Menendez

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Gunmen Execute Godfather At 15-year-old Party In Monterrey

One of the Godfathers killed and 11 injured at 15-year-old party (Quinceñera) by gunmen in Monterrey.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 30, 2012

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico – On Sunday, the Nuevo León state attorney general’s office launched a homicide investigation into the murder of Julio César Cruz Sánchez, 32, at a 15-year-old party. Sánchez was one of the Godfathers (sponsors of the event) during the party.
Multiple gunmen entered the party at the Cerro de Silla Social Center located in the southern neighborhood of Altamira in Monterrey before 11:00 p.m. on Saturday night and found Sánchez inside. Sánchez, the intended target was then fatally shot. Some of the guests had tried to protect Sánchez, but were also shot including several children.
Sánchez’ wife Soriadia Berenice Renovato Hernández who is 36 weeks pregnant suffered contractions and a nervous break down, according to Nuevo León authorities.
It took about ten minutes for police to arrive at the scene. Witnesses say, the suspects fled in a white pick-up.
The injured victims were identified as María Guadalupe Saldaña Rodríguez, 42; Yahaira Guadalupe Hernández, 19; Jordan Fernando Vásquez Garibay; Soraida Berenice Renovato Hernández; Tatiana Aidé Arias Ramírez, 23; Teisi Villarreal Rodríguez; Sandra Elizabeth Escalona Pérez and
Estrella Ariana Renovato Escalona.
Three others including a 1-year-old and a nine-month-old child were also injured in the shooting. All of the reported injured people at the party are expected to survive and eight people have been released from the Monterrey University Hospital. Three of the victims still remained hospitalized.

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Wauwatosa Officer Sebena Fatally Shot Multiple Times In The Head By Husband

Husband had threaten his wife, a Wauwatosa Police Officer weeks earlier with a weapon during a domestic incident before killing her on Christmas Eve.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 27, 2012

Village of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – On Thursday, authorities involved in the homicide case of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, 30, confirmed that her husband, Benjamin Sebena, 30, had confessed to killing his wife on Christmas Eve. He was charged on Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide.
A criminal complaint was released stating that Benjamin had waited for almost two hours between 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wauwatosa Fire Station One for his wife on December 24. He spotted her squad nearby the station and when Officer Sebena emerged from her break at the fire station, Benjamin got close and pulled out a 9MM Cal. handgun and shot her twice in the back of the head from a distance. Sebena tried to reach for her service weapon, but Benjamin disarmed her and then shot her three times in the face (head) with her .40 Cal. service handgun. Police confirmed, Sebena was shot five times.
Her body was found outside the fire house at Underwood Avenue around 4:28 a.m. by another officer.
Benjamin told police, he shot Sebena in the head because he wanted to make sure that she was dead and wouldn’t suffer. He then took her service weapon, including his gun and hid them in the attic of their residence where authorities recovered them on Wednesday.
Benjamin actually went to the police station asking about his wife because he was worried. On Christmas Day while being questioned by police, he broke down and was detained after thinking out loud and stating, “How could I do that to her?” while he was alone and being video taped in a room. He then confessed to police that he killed her.
Officer Sebena who was seeking a divorce from her husband, on December 6, apparently told another officer that she was a victim of domestic violence when her husband took out a handgun during an argument and then put it to her head, according to the criminal complaint. There is no indication that the officer alerted other officers or the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) command about Sebena’s abuse by her husband and that she might be in danger. Chief Weber indicated, the domestic abuse was never reported by the officer or Officer Sebena.
Benjamin’s outburst resulted from a jealousy rage brought upon his believe that his wife was seeing other men. He admitted of stalking Officer Sebena for days leading to her murder.
The investigation has yet to determine that Officer Sebena was actually cheating on her husband.
Benjamin Sebena remains in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail with a $1 million dollar bond. If convicted, Benjamin is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Benjamin is a Marine Iraq War Veteran who received a Purple Heart for his injuries during his tour of military service. He served two tours in Iraq and was severely injured.
He met Sebena on MySpace and later married her. Officer Sebena is the first to be killed in the line of duty in the 96 year history of the WPD.
She had served in the WPD for several years and had no children. Her funeral services will be held on Saturday in Brookfield.

Criminal complaint at following link: http://bit.ly/12KNea3

Jennifer Lynn Sebena and Benjamin Sebena

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Wauwatosa Officer Sebena’s Husband Facing Charges For Christmas Eve Homicide

Husband of murdered Wauwatosa Police Officer Sebena is facing homicide charges for her death.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 27, 2012

Village of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – On Thursday, Police Chief Barry Weber of the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) confirmed that Benjamin Sebena, the husband of slain Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, 30, remains in custody and was booked on Wednesday for first-degree intentional homicide at the Milwaukee County Jail for allegedly killing his wife on Christmas Eve. Benjamin is now facing a homicide charge for Sebena’s murder, according to Chief Weber.
Sebena’s husband hasn’t been formerly charged, but charges will be file on early Thursday afternoon when he is expected to appear in a Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Benjamin had been detained since Christmas Day.
On Wednesday, police also executed a search warrant at the Sebena’s residence in Menomonee Falls to look for evidence linking Benjamin to his wife’s murder.
Officer Sebena went missing between 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. for two hours on early Christmas Eve while on routine patrol in the downtown area of the Village of Wauwatosa. A police officer discovered Sebena’s body just after 5:00 a.m. with multiple gunshots wounds near the Wauwatosa Firehouse One on Underwood Ave. The homicide investigation immediately focused on her husband who became the prime suspect. Investigators were reviewing video surveillance footage near the crime scene where Officer Sebena’s body was discovered.
Officer Sebena is the first to be killed in the line of duty in the 96 year history of the WPD.
Benjamin Sebena, is a Purple Heart War Veteran who suffered an injurying while serving in the Military (Marines). He met Officer Sebena on the Internet (MySpace) and were later married.
She had served in the WPD for several years and had no children. Her funeral services will be held on Saturday in Brookfield.

Jennifer Lynn Sebena and Benjamin Sebena

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Largest Three Kings Las Reynas Bakery Coffee Cake Upcoming Celebration Event

The public is being invited to attend the unveiling of the largest traditional Morales-Villegas family Three Kings Mexican Coffee cake at Las Reynas Bakery & Ice Cream.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 26, 2012

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Alfonso Morales, the owner of Las Reynas Bakery & Ice Cream, 1242 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. announced the unveiling of the largest Three King’s Mexican Coffee cake in the State of Wisconsin. The unveiling of the traditional La Rosca de Reyes will take place at Las Reynas Bakery on January 6, beginning at noon with the expected cutting of La Rosca at 2:00 p.m.
Morales currently holds the record of creating the longest Three Kings Coffee cake in the state. This years lenght will reach up to 300 feet round, which will be displayed and ready to consume at Las Reynas Bakery at no cost to the public attending the event, according to Morales. The event marks the traditional baking of La Rosca around the World and Mexico, especially in Milwaukee. People can begin ordering their delicious Las Reynas’ Rosca for the holidays.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the event and each one will get a free piece of La Rosca as first come, first serve until the last piece of the Rosca is given away.
Morales says, the Rosca event on January 6, is provided free of charge to the public for their dedicated consumer loyalty in making Las Reynas Bakery their preferred service for their baking needs for banquets, quinceñeras, weddings and special occasions. The first 10 people who put an order for a large Rosca will get a free Holiday cake absolutely free.
La Rosca is a ring shaped bread with small dolls baked inside which represents baby Jesus. Who ever gets a doll, the person then gets to sponsor a Rosca party. La Rosca is baked to celebrate the holidays. As a tradition numerous families wait until January 6, the day of the Three Magicians Kings “El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos” to open their holiday and Christmas gifts.

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Wauwatosa Police Officer’s Husband In Custody As Homicide Probe Continues

The husband of murdered Wauwatosa Police Officer Sebena has been taken into custody for questioning concerning her homicide.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 26, 2012

Village of Wauwatosa, WI – On Wednesday, Today’s TMJ News 4 citing sources reported that Benjamin Sebena the hushand of slained Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, 30, had been taken into custody on Christmas day for questioning in connection with the officer’s murder. Several days ago, police spent the day at Sebena’s residence in Menomonee Falls investigating the homicide.
Benjamin Sebena remains detained at the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) as of Wednesday, but has not been charged, according to the TMJ News report. A search warrant was executed at the Sebena’s residence on Wednesday.
Officer Sebena was found fatally shot near the Wauwatosa Fire House One by officers who were looking for the missing officer. She went missing between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Officer Sebena is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in 96 years of the WPD history.
She was one of two officers killed on Christmas Eve, the other officer, was Corporal Jimmie Norman 53, from the Bellaire Police Department in Texas. The suspect, Harlem Harold Lewis, 21, was taken into custody for capital murder.

Jennifer Lynn Sebena and Benjamin Sebena

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NBC’s Meet the Press Anchor Gregory Displays 30-round Mag Allegedly Violating D.C.’s Strict Gun Law

Washington, D.C. Police investigating whether Meet the Press anchor violated District statue banning high-capacity round magazines within city limits.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 26, 2012

Washington, D.C. – A police investigation has been initiated to see if NBC’s Meet the Press anchor David Gregory displayed an authentic 30-round magazine for an assault rifle on last Sunday’s show while interviewing National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre. The show was dicussing the recent mass shootings with high-capacity magazines used in assault rifles.
NBC had requested permission from the District police to bring and show a high-capacity magazine for an assault rifle to the show, but was denied. It’s not clear, if NBC complied and used a fake magazine.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed, that an investigation was initiated to whether Gregory and the NBC network violated the District’s ban on high-capacity round magazines for assault rifles.
Having a high-capacity, whether on an assault rifle or merely in possession of one within the District is a vioaltion of D.C.’s official violation code 7-2606.01, titled “D.C. High Capacity Ammunition Magazines” which cites;

“(b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The term large capacity ammunition feeding device shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”

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