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Woman charged with battery to officers


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Amanda S. Ricketts, 34, Manawa, is charged with two counts of battery to an officer, felony spitting at an officer, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Waupaca Police Officers Paul Przybelski, Cameron Durrant and Pete Kraeger were dispatched to the Pub in downtown Waupaca at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, July 2.

Przybelski spoke with a male customer who said a woman, later identified as Ricketts, took his wallet and went into the bathroom for about 30 minutes before returning to the bar. He said he just wanted his wallet back.

According to the criminal complaint, Przybelski and Durrant approached the woman. She was on her cell phone.

When Przybelski tapped her arm to get her attention, Ricketts reportedly used profane language to tell him not to touch her. She then told him to shut up, the complaint says.

When the officers asked Ricketts if she had taken the wallet, she said the man had given it to her and that she was keeping it to prevent him from drinking and driving, the complaint says.

She gave the wallet to Durrant, who gave it to the man at the bar, who discovered that a gas credit card was missing.

Przybelski reported seeing a gas credit card on the bar in front of Ricketts.

After allegedly refusing to identify herself and becoming angry with the officers, Ricketts tried to leave the bar and resisted when the officers handcuffed.

As the officers were escorting her to a squad car, Ricketts bit Durrant on the shoulder and kicked Kraeger in the shin and spit in his face, according to the complaint.

She faces up to six years in prison if convicted of battery to an officer.

Ricketts was released from custody after posting a $2,000 cash bond.

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