Warfield arraignment set for Sept. 5

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staff, Gazette
August 29, 2012

— A Green Bay man with a career in mixed martial arts is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 5 on charges that he injured Janesville police and a police dog in June.

Rock County Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer on Tuesday found probable cause to bind over James R. Warfield for trial. Police arrested Warfield on June 9 after a melee outside McDonald's on Milton Avenue.

Police responded to the restaurant after a manager accused Warfield of throwing a rock through a window. Police say Warfield punched one officer and then fought off four others as well as one of the Janesville Police Department's German shepherds. The fight lasted between five and eight minutes, officer Karl Mikkelsen said Tuesday in court.

Warfield is charged with battery of a police officer, resisting, harassment of a police animal and criminal damage to property. He was ordered to Mendota Mental Health Institute for a psychological evaluation and last week was found competent to stand trial.

He remains in custody at the Rock County Jail on a $5,500 bond.

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