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Waukesha police briefs

Feb. 13, 2013

Man charged with hitting kids, shoving officers

Waukesha - A 30-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with allegedly striking a woman's two toddlers on Feb. 3 and then violently shoving an arresting officer to the ground.

Daniel G. Fife, 1522 Big Bend Road, Unit E, was charged on Feb. 5 in the Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of child abuse, one count of felony battery to a peace officer and two counts of resisting an officer. He was also charged on Feb. 5 with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for a previous, unrelated incident.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were dispatched to the Pick 'n Save grocery store at 1220 W. Sunset Drive in Waukesha on Feb. 3 and met with Gabrielle Myhre, who said Fife had allegedly stolen a 12-pack of beer from the store and was trying to get into her car. Myhre told police Fife was a neighbor.

The beer was returned to the store without incident, but Fife refused to get out of Myhre's car, so she gave him a ride back to his apartment. Myhre stopped at a friend's house before driving Fife home, and left him in the car with her friend Jennifer Mundt and Myhre's two children, ages 5 and 3. When she returned, she was told that Fife had allegedly hit her kids. Mundt told police Fife was yelling at her and the two children told him to "shut up," at which point he struck the two children in the head.

Officers went to Fife's apartment to arrest him and found him drunk. He took a "boxer-type stance" and allegedly "violently" pushed one of the officers, knocking the wind out of her. Two other officers tried to control the defendant, but he continued to resist. The officers used a stun gun, and eventually transported him out of the residence.

Fife was also charged with disorderly conduct for an incident earlier that day. He allegedly locked himself in a Walgreens Store bathroom in Waukesha and was cursing and yelling. A manager found a broken wine bottle on the floor. When the manager questioned Fife, he left dropping a wallet with identification in the process.

If convicted of all charges, Fife could face more than 24 years in prison, $50,000 in fines, or both.

His next expected court date is Feb. 14.

Wedding reception fight nets man battery charges

Waukesha - A 30-year-old man was charged after allegedly smashing a pint glass on a man's head, causing a skull fracture, at a wedding at the Country Springs Hotel last August.

Randy S. Lunda of Racine was charged on Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony aggravated battery, repeater. Lunda previously pleaded guilty to fleeing or eluding an officer and resisting arrest in 2006, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

Jamyn Rukavina, a guest at the wedding, was outside the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road. in Waukesha. A bartender at the wedding, said Rukavina was drunk and he stopped serving him earlier in the evening, "because he was being a jerk."

The mother of Lunda's girlfriend said that Rukavina had been making a scene during the wedding reception. Lunda came up to Rukavina and told him, "If you have something to say, then say it to my face," the complaint reads. Lunda then allegedly smashed a pint glass into Rukavina's face, chipping a tooth and knocking Rukavina unconscious. The bartender said he had served Lunda approximately 10 beers throughout the night.

Rukavina told police a week later that he had visited the hospital multiple times, and had been diagnosed with a skull fracture and six centimeter brain bleed as a result of the incident.

Lunda had fled the scene before police arrived, but was contacted by police on Aug. 23. He told police Rukavina had been making inappropriate comments about his girlfriend's son.

If convicted, Lunda could face up to 10 years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.

His next court date is Feb. 25.

Trial pending for man charged in knife fight

Waukesha - James "Anthony" Swift, charged in Waukesha County Court on Jan. 21 with misdemeanor negligent handling of a weapon and a felony count of substantial battery, will be brought to trial, despite prosecuting attorney Timothy Westphal's admission at the Feb. 7 hearing that the case might have "trial issues."

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Pieper found there was probable cause that a felony or felonies had been committed, and bound Swift over for trial.

Swift, 40, 321 W. Newhall Ave. Apt. 3, was charged with stabbing Gregory Mix, 55, with a knife and beating him on the night of Jan. 18 at Mix's apartment on Jackson Court. Mix said he and his daughter'sfiancée, Aaron Wright, had confronted Swift over comments Swift made about Vera Mix, 24, who is eight months pregnant. Gregory Mix alleged that Swift touched his daughter inappropriately and made lewd comments about her.

Swift, however, told police that Wright had started the fight in Vera Mix's apartment, according to the criminal complaint. Gregory Mix then started punching him, and Swift responded in self-defense. Swift said Gregory Mix grabbed a knife, and he wrestled the older man to the ground, the knife always in Mix's hands.

Three Waukesha Police Department officers were called to testify at Swift's hearing. One officer said Gregory Mix told him that Swift "crouched over him with a knife, doing something," but the officer said Gregory did not say specifically what was done. An arraignment hearing, where formal charges will be brought, was scheduled for March 7.

Westphal told Pieper he needed more time to decide what to charge with. "I just want to be careful that I don't overcharge or undercharge," he said.

After the hearing, Westphal told the police officers called to testify: "I am still going to charge him with felonies, it's just deciding which ones."

18-year-old charged with stealing father's gun

Waukesha - An 18-year-old Waukesha woman was charged with felony theft of a firearm on Feb. 8, after allegedly stealing a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from her father last July and giving it to her friend.

Ivy L. Caldwell, 1351 S. West Ave., Apt. 1, was charged inWaukesha County Circuit Court with the theft of the firearm. Caldwell faces several other felony charges in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, including vehicle theft on Jan. 4 and armed robbery on Feb. 2.

Her friend, Shayne A. Longley, 20, was also charged on Feb. 8 with being party to the theft of the firearm and felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Longley was convicted in Racine County Circuit Court in 2011 with selling cocaine, a felony, for which he was sentenced to one year in prison and three years extended supervision. A warrant was issued for Langley's arrest on Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

Robert Caldwell Jr., father of Ivy Caldwell, told police on July 19 that Ivy had stolen a 9mm Cobray Mac 11 semiautomatic pistol from his bedroom safe. Ivy Caldwell allegedly first told police that she had stolen the firearm and given it to someone named, "Roach," but later changed the story. She said that Longley had come to her apartment in the morning on July 19. Longley, who noticed that Ivy Caldwell had pictures of guns on her Facebook profile page, allegedly told her he wanted a firearm to borrow, so she allegedly took her father's gun and gave it to Longley.

The gun was subsequently found by police in a backpack belonging to Longley at a friend's residence.

If convicted of all charges, Ivy Caldwell could face up to six years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.

Longley faces up to 16 years in prison, $35,000 in fines, or both.

Ivy Caldwell's next expected court appearance is Feb. 25.

- Compiled by Steve Garrison

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