Update: In a plea deal, the state dropped the criminal charges for Yusuf to an ordinance disorderly conduct violation and required him to complete a class for controlling community violence. Tina Buckley pleaded guilty to bail jumping. She completed treatment and all the alcohol assessment requirements including the IED for one year and has her driver license privileges have been restored.
Original story: Racine police say a man and woman got into a verbal and physical altercation in their front yard while an SUV was on fire, and both are now charged with disorderly conduct.
Yusuf Buckley, 47, and Tina Buckley, 42, both of Racine, were charged in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments. Tina was also charged with five counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted, Yusuf faces up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. Tina would face up to four years in prison and/or up to $26,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Yusuf called police Thursday because he said Tina was driving drunk with their three children in the car. While en route to the Buckley home, dispatch advised another 911 call reported a car fire at the same residence. When officers and the Racine Fire Department arrived, they found the Buckley’s and another man in the front yard and an SUV smoking from the engine compartment.
Police say both Yusuf and Tina were upset, and Tina claimed that Yusuf and the other man had attacked her by hitting her in the face and pushing her to the ground. Yusuf denied ever touching Tina and said she had attacked the other man by hitting him and spitting on him.
A neighbor told officers that the Buckleys were in the front yard yelling and fighting near a car they thought was on fire and that the Buckley are often in the front yard yelling and fighting, the complaint reads.
Both Yusuf and Tina Buckley were taken into custody. Yusuf remains in the Racine County Jail on a $100 cash bond, but online jail records indicate Tina posted the $2,000 cash bond assigned to her. Both Buckleys will next be in court March 23 for their pre-trial conferences. Tina has been ordered to undergo alcohol monitoring and both defendants have been ordered to stay away from the other.