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Editor’s note: These people have been charged with a crime in Racine County. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted. 

High school student charged after suspension for truancy

An 18-year-old Racine man faces two misdemeanor charges after his arrest Tuesday at Horlick High School.

Woney T. Caples truancy
Woney T. Caples

Woney T. Caples is charged with resisting an officer and disorderly conduct. The resisting charge carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in jail, while the second charge carries a fine of $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
School staff informed an officer assigned to the school that the defendant had been suspended for truancy and was seen wandering the building. When the officer found Caples and tried to calm him down, the defendant allegedly swung his arm in an attempt to move the officer out of his way. As the officer put Caples against the wall, he observed the defendant raise his right hand with a fist. The two eventually fell to the ground, and when the officer threatened to use his taser, Caples was taken into custody.

Caples, who is free on a signature bond, will be back in Racine County Circuit Court on May 17 for a pre-trial conference at 3:15 p.m.

Kenosha man hands officer a credit card after crash

A 21-year-old Kenosha man faces his fourth drunken driving conviction after his arrest last May in the Village of Rochester.

Zackery Saverio Irving faces a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison if he is convicted of the crime.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer southbound on Highway 36 found the defendant’s vehicle with heavy front damage. Irving stated he had fallen asleep and hit the median. When the officer asked for his driver’s license, the defendant reportedly handed him a credit card. Irving stated he had not been drinking, but had taken several prescribed medications.

A portable breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of .00. The defendant was arrested because of his admission that he had been driving after taking the medications. A blood draw showed the presence of seven different drugs in his system.

Irving has previous drunken driving convictions in 2015 in Pleasant Prairie and two in 2017 in Kenosha.

He is due back in Racine County Circuit Court for an initial appearance May 3 at 1:30 p.m.

DA: Woman stole credit cards, now faces 14 charges

A 22-year-old Chicago woman faces seven felony charges and seven misdemeanors related to identification theft and fraudulent use of a credit card last summer in Racine County.

Shadonna L. Turner is charged with seven felony counts of personal identification theft, six misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and one misdemeanor of fraudulent use of a credit card for less than $2,500.

Each of the felony counts carries a possible fine of $10,000 and six years in prison, while the misdemeanors each carry a fine of $10,000 and nine months in jail. Because the defendant is charged as a repeat offender, she could receive an additional 28 years in prison on the felonies and an additional 14 in jail for the misdemeanors.

According to the criminal complaint:
Police in July 2017 spoke to a man in Mount Pleasant, who stated that his credit card was used at a Target store in June for nearly $150 without his consent. Through the investigation, the officer found a number of other possible fraudulent purchases.

Several unauthorized transactions at Educators Credit Union also were discovered during the investigation. Video at a Shopko store showed Turner and another woman making purchases with stolen credit card information.

Turner will be back in Racine County Circuit Court for an adjourned initial appearance May 3 at 1:30 p.m. Court records indicate she’s also facing a felony charge of misappropriation of identification information in Calumet County.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.