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Denise Wolfe


RACINE — A Racine woman is facing two charges after she allegedly beat another woman until she was unconscious in a February bar fight.

Denise L. Wolfe, 36, of the 1000 block of West Lawn Avenue in Racine is charged with substantial battery, a class I felony, and disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor. Although the incident occurred Feb. 7, charges were not filed until March 27. Wolfe’s initial appearance in the case was Wednesday.

She could be fined up to $10,000 and imprisoned up to three-and-a-half years for the first offense. The second offense carries a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days imprisonment.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Feb. 7, at around 1:45 a.m., a Racine police officer was dispatched to Two Sheets to the Wind, a bar located at 3316 Douglas Ave., in response to an assault.

The bartender told the officer that around 1:30 a.m. the victim was sitting at the bar next to Wolfe, who is a regular. He said the victim and Wolfe seemed to be having a verbal argument. Eventually, Wolfe put the victim in a choke hold, pulled her from her chair and began punching her in the face. Wolfe then took the victim to the ground and kicked her in the head two times before the bartender broke up the fight.

The victim, who was later found to have a concussion, could not remember the details of the fight, but said she got into a verbal argument with an unknown white woman and was then assaulted outside the bar. The victim said she lost consciousness during the altercation. In addition to the concussion, the victim’s face was swollen and bruised.

Wolfe’s previous convictions include resisting or obstructing in 2012, resisting an officer in 2006, battery and obstructing an officer in 2004 and charges of operating without a license in 2015 and 2016. She also faced cases of operating while intoxicated and operating after revocation in 2003.

Wolfe’s bond is set at $1,000. An adjourned initial appearance in the case is set for 1:30 p.m. on April 18 at the Law Enforcement Center at 717 Wisconsin Ave.

Wolfe remained in custody at the Racine County Jail as of Wednesday evening, according to online records.


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