Beaver Dam woman, 20, accused in bar fight appears in court
JUNEAU — A 20-year-old woman made her initial appearance in court Monday for charges of injuring a woman at a Beaver Dam bar in the early-morning hours of Dec. 26.
Topacio Calderon is charged with a felony count of substantial battery and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for the incident at Johnny’s Lounge, 519 Madison St. She could face up to three years, nine months in prison and an $11,000 fine if convicted of the charges.
Calderon appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim and was placed on a $1,000 signature bond. She may not have any direct or indirect contact with the victim nor any violent or abusive contact with anyone. She may not go on the premises of Johnny’s Lounge. She must maintain absolute sobriety. The incident resulted in the Beaver Dam Police Department giving Johnny’s 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.
Beaver Dam City Council voted to suspend the bar’s license for 15 days. Representatives for Johnny’s filed an appeal in Dodge County Circuit Court, which is ongoing.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam Police responded to Johnny’s 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. A 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 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. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for April 4.