… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

A former Marine was charged Tuesday with a felony and two misdemeanors for strangling a man who was making “wisecracks” at a Racine bar.

Michael Angus, 35, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with strangulation and suffocation, battery, and disorderly conduct. If convicted of all three charges, Angus faces up to seven years in prison and/or fined up to $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of an assault that happened between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Aug. 3 outside Pepi’s Bar, 618 6th St. Angus, and two former co-workers were sitting outside. The person who was assaulted told police that Angus came up behind him, put him in a chokehold and lifted him off the ground.

Unable to breathe, the man lost consciousness and “came to on the ground on the patio,” the report reads.

The man left with a friend, who drove him home. The man told police that he felt dizzy, had an abrasion on his right forearm and he felt pain. Seeking medical care, doctors told the man he had deep bruising to his neck and arm.

During the investigation, a witness confirmed the man’s story. He told them the man was unconscious when Angus released the man from the chokehold and he fell to the ground. The group left the bar a short time later.

The witness told police the two men didn’t argue and “the assault came out of nowhere,” according to the complaint.

When officers spoke to Angus, he told them that he was sick of the man’s “wisecracking all night” and “choked him.” A former Marine, Angus told them he “wanted to see if he still had it and to show off in front of everyone.”

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Alice Rudebusch set a cash bond of $1,000. A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
CodeMonkey
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!


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