Wheeler man charged with battery of 89-year-old Boyceville woman skips court date, bench warrant issued

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A 25-year-old Wheeler man charged with felony aggravated battery to an elderly person for allegedly breaking into her home and hitting her in the head with her cane has failed to show up for a court hearing.

Daniel D. Schick was scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court January 2 but failed to appear for the hearing.

Schick’s attorney, James H. Krave, told the court he did not have any information on the whereabouts of his client.

[emember_protected] Judge Rod Smeltzer issued a bench warrant for Schick’s arrest and scheduled a bail forfeiture hearing for February 5.

Schick posted a $1,000 cash bail June 5, 2017.

Schick made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court June 7 on one felony count of aggravated battery to an elderly person and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident that occurred June 2 in the Village of Boyceville when he allegedly broke into the home of an 89-year-old woman.

According to a police report obtained from Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin dated June 2, the  woman, who does not wish to be identified, met with the police chief that morning to say she had received an injury to her forearm while fighting with an intruder the previous evening.

At around 3 a.m., the woman had called 911 to report having just forced an intruder to leaver her home in Boyceville. Several Dunn County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded and photographed damages to her home.

When the elderly woman came to the police department, she said she had not realized at the time when she met with the deputies that she had sustained injuries.

Police Chief Lamkin indicated in his report he observed bruising and swelling to the woman’s right temple. The woman said she had gotten up to use the restroom and found a man she did not know in the laundry room next to her bedroom. She said she told him to get out.

The woman said she scuffled with the man, and he took hold of her walking cane and struck her on the side of the head. She said she eventually was able to convince the man to leave her home. The woman said she noticed the man had forced entry into her home and had split the doorframe by her front door.

The complaint filed by the Dunn County district attorney’s office includes the elderly woman’s meeting with Police Chief Lamkin when she reported an injury to her forearm as well as the police chief’s observation of  bruising and swelling of the woman’s right temple and her statement that Schick had gotten hold of her walking cane and had struck her with it on the side of the head.

The complaint notes Police Chief Lamkin met with the elderly woman again on June 5, and she told the police chief she had noticed a bruise on her right side, which she believes she had most likely sustained when she was fighting with Schick while attempting to get him to leave her home and was pushed into the wall and the bathroom door. [/emember_protected]