Carroll University's now former coach, and apparent family member of the suspect, Derek Hassell, can be seen at back left during a recent Carroll-Ripon College baseball game. 

Carroll University's now former coach, and apparent family member of the suspect, Derek Hassell, can be seen at back left during a recent Carroll-Ripon College baseball game. 

   A New London man is facing two charges after allegedly attacking an umpire following a game in April at Ripon College.

   Jonathan C. Hassell, 33, was charged last week Wednesday in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court with substantial battery (a felony) and disorderly conduct (a misdemeanor). 

   If convicted on both counts, he could face up to three years and nine months in prison, and be fined as much as $11,000.

   According to the criminal complaint, the umpire —identified as John W. Kunz — spoke with Ripon Police on April 16, a day after a contest between the Red Hawks and Carroll University at Francis Field in Ripon.

   During that conversation, the umpire told police “that a fan Officer [Mike] Workman identified as Jonathan Hassell ... was very upset by the officiating of the umpires and was yelling profanity at the umpires and threatening to harm them physically. Kunz indicated that as he was leaving the field that he put his arms out to make some distance between he and the defendant because the defendant was being verbally and physically aggressive toward [his] umpire colleague.

   “Kunz stated that the defendant punched him in the face, causing pain, and breaking his glasses. [He] stated that it felt like a tooth was chipped as a result of being hit.”

   According to a complaint, the umpire found out after visiting his dentist that his tooth was damaged.

Read the full story in the May 23, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.