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Florence man faces felony count of substantial battery

August 9, 2012
The Daily News

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. - A Florence man has been charged with felony battery following an Aug. 3 domestic dispute in Florence.

Forrest Chadwick Biller, 23, faces one felony count of substantial battery, one misdemeanor count of bail jumping, and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

If convicted, he could spend up to three years and six months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Biller got into an argument with a female at a Florence bar regarding a Green Bay Packers/Detroit Lions football game from last season.

When the pair returned home, the argument continued.

Biller then allegedly pushed the female onto a brick patio, causing the female to fall and break her wrist in three places.

During Biller's initial appearance in Florence County Court on this week, Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler asked that Biller's bond be continued at $25,000.

Drexler argued that Biller has a significant criminal record that includes multiple battery charges. In fact, Biller had been out on bond for a misdemeanor battery charge out of Winnebago County when he allegedly committed the Florence County offense, Drexler added.

Biller, who does not yet have an attorney, said that he has never missed a court appearance and has no reason to run.

Judge Leon D. Stenz decided to continue bond at $25,000.

Biller will next appear in court for an adjourned initial appearance on Aug. 14.

In other Florence County Court action:

- Geraldine Vander Meer, 47, of Florence was sentenced to serve 10 months in the Florence County Jail for one felony count of operating while intoxicated-fifth.

In addition, Vander Meer must serve two years of probation and give up her driver license for three years.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department caught Vander Meer driving on U.S. 2 in downtown Florence on May 30 while she had a blood alcohol level of .18.

Nikki Younk's e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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