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Dodge County sheriff hands out 18 citations for fair melee

JUNEAU, WI (WTAQ) - The Dodge County sheriff says a brawl at the county fair might have ended sooner had witnesses called 911, instead of recording the fracas on their cell phones.

Eighteen citations were issued for disorderly conduct in last Friday night’s incident – 11 girls and seven boys, all age 13 to 17.

Sheriff Patricia Ninmann said the citations could have been avoided, “if 911 was chosen as a priority over videotaping.”

It all started when five girls called each other names – and 6 more girls jumped in after a lemonade cup was smashed over a girl’s head. Another girl was thrown to the ground, kicked, and punched.

The boys told investigators they didn’t seek help because they thought somebody else would. One boy said he hoped the fight would keep going, so a girl he didn’t like would get hurt.

The citations were given to teens from Beaver Dam, Juneau, Horicon, Mayville, and Burnett.