Domestic abuse charges filed
Clintonville police arrested a man facing felony charges involving domestic violence after he returned to the victim’s home.
Wesley W. Caswell, 39, was charged last week with felony and misdemeanor bail jumping and disorderly conduct as an act of domestic abuse.
On April 16, Caswell appeared in Waupaca County Circuit Court on charges of felony strangulation, battery and disorderly conduct. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that he have no abusive contact with his ex-wife.
On April 25, Caswell was charged in Portage County with theft and felony bail jumping.
At 2:24 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, Clintonville Police Officer Wade Wudtke and Sgt. Andrew Hopfensperger were dispatched to a home on Clinton Avenue in response to a domestic disturbance.
When he arrived, Wudtke reported hearing Caswell yelling and screaming. About two hours earlier Wudtke cited Caswell for disorderly conduct for yelling. screaming and throwing objects at his ex-wife’s car.
Wudtke entered the house when a young child opened the door for him. The officer found Caswell sitting on a sofa, pleading with his ex-wife to let him stay. She said she did not want him there because he was being abusive.
“Wesley would go from crying that he loved her to becoming in a complete rage and swearing at her,” according to the criminal complaint.
Police say Caswell swore at the officers and told them to shoot him.
Wudtke and Hopfensperger calmed Caswell down, escorted him out of the house, and told him to leave the area. As the officers were returning to their squad cars, Caswell reportedly began walking back to the house, swearing and yelling again. So they transported him to the Waupaca County jail.
On Monday, Aug. 3, Judge Raymond Huber released Caswell from custody on a $1,000 signature bond with the conditions that he maintain absolute sobriety and have no contact with his ex-wife.
On Friday, Aug. 7, Clintonville Police Officer Dennis Schroeder and Sgt. Hopfensperger returned to the ex-wife’s home after receiving a report that Caswell was there.
As Hopfensperger knocked on the front door, Schroeder went to the back door, where he arrested Caswell as he was leaving the house.
On Monday, Aug. 10, Caswell was charged with felony bail jumping. Huber set a $1,000 cash bail and Caswell remained in custody as of Aug. 12.