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Beaver Dam woman charged in bar fight

January 23, 2019

JUNEAU — A 20-year-old woman has been charged with substantial battery for an incident at Johnny’s Lounge that led to a woman being taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital with a facial injury.

Topacio Calderon is charged with a felony count of substantial battery and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. She could face up to three years, nine months in prison and an $11,000 fine if convicted of the charges.

The incident resulted in the Beaver Dam Police Department giving the tavern 300 demerit points. Accumulation of more than 200 over an 18-month period is enough to trigger a city process to review an establishment’s liquor license, something already underway for Johnny’s due to previous incidents. The Beaver Dam City Council on Monday voted to suspend the bar’s license for 15 days. An attorney for the business said the suspension would be appealed in Dodge County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam Police responded to Johnny’s, 519 Madison St., at 1:50 a.m. Dec. 26 following a report of a fight involving two women. One of the women had left and went to the emergency room at the hospital. The 21-year-old Fond du Lac woman had a large cut on the right side of her face that went down to the bone, according to police.

The Fond du Lac woman allegedly told police that Calderon and another woman were across the bar from her at Johnny’s Lounge when they began looking at her. The Fond du Lac woman said she began arguing with the women and Calderon threw a beer bottle, striking her in the head. A friend of the Fond du Lac woman broke up the fight and drove her to the emergency room.

A witness said Calderon also struck the Fond du Lac woman with a beer glass. However, according to the criminal complaint, Calderon’s sister said she believed that the Fond du Lac woman had thrown something at Calderon first.

Calderon spoke to officers that night as well and said that she did not know how the argument started, but believed the Fond du Lac woman had made a racist comment, according to the criminal complaint. Calderon said that she heard the woman call her a racist name and that is when she threw beer bottles at her. Calderon said she did not mean to hit her but was upset and just threw the bottles.

An initial hearing will be scheduled on Feb. 11.

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