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6/22/2012 3:55:00 AM
Father, son face charges related to fight, assault of MPD officer
Officer sustained concussion, various other injuries
Andrew White
Andrew White
Walter White III
Walter White III
A Franklin, Wis., father and son face various criminal charges in connection with an early-morning fight on Oneida Street in downtown Minocqua Saturday in which a town police officer was injured.

The men - Walter A. White, 51, and his son Andrew J. White, 21 - made initial appearances Monday afternoon in Oneida County Circuit Court. The hearing was continued until June 25 so they can hire an attorney.

Andrew White is facing more-serious felony charges of battery to a law enforcement officer and substantial battery-intending bodily harm, and misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

Walter White is facing a single misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer.

At their court appearance, a bond of $10,000 cash was set for Andrew White, while the bond for his father was $450. As conditions of bond both men were ordered to not consume intoxicants or enter taverns or bars.

According to Minocqua Police Chief Andy Gee, his department responded to the report of a fight with many people involved on Oneida Street at Milwaukee Street at 2:38 a.m. Saturday.

Gee said the incident apparently started after someone threw an object through the window of a vehicle in which the Whites were riding.

According to Gee, occupants of the White vehicle then engaged some of the people on the street in a fight. When police arrived, Gee said, the occupants of the vehicle attempted to leave. Officers confronted the driver, the father, who Gee said resisted officers' attempts to prevent him from driving away. Gee said Andrew White then punched Minocqua Police Officer Ben Burrows repeatedly, while officers struggled to place him under arrest.

Gee said officers had to shock the son several times with an electronic device before he could be handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle.

Burrows was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a concussion, two chipped teeth, abrasions, cuts and scrapes. Gee said Burrows was unable to work Saturday and Sunday because of the injuries, but was expected to return to work Monday night.

Gee said the department was assisted during the incident by the Vilas County Sheriff's Department, the Woodruff Police Department, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police and private citizens.

Gee said an investigation will continue into the incident.

Andrew White faces a maximum sentence of 10 and a half years in prison and fines totaling $31,000.

Walter White faces a maximum sentence of nine months in jail and fines totaling $10,000.

Joe VanDeLaarschot may be reached at jvandelaarschot@lakelandtimes.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Smith

Ahhhhhh, alcohol.

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