Argument leads to battery charges for Marshfield man
By Jacob Mathias
WOOD COUNTY — A Marshfield man faces charges of battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly pushing a woman and pulling her hair.
Joey Hoefs, 23, faces up to nine months imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both for the class A misdemeanor charge of battery. He is also charged with disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment, a $1,000 fine, or both.
At his initial appearance in Wood County Circuit Court on Monday, Hoefs pleaded not guilty to all charges.
According to court documents, on Aug. 3 Wood County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home on West 17th Street. Upon arrival they encountered Hoefs’ wife, who was separated from him and staying with a friend at that residence.
She told police that at 6:30 p.m. she had argued with Hoefs over the phone and that he had yelled at her and used profanity. At 9:21 p.m. Hoefs showed up at the house and requested that she step outside so they could talk. She said she went outside with him, and they began to argue.
Hoefs then reportedly wrapped his arms around her neck, grabbed her hair, and pushed her toward his vehicle, causing her pain. She said she pulled away, and he grabbed her right arm and tried to pull her to the vehicle again.
When police spoke with Hoefs, he said he was trying to get his wife to return home so they could talk. He said he placed his arm around her neck to assist her in walking to the vehicle and later grabbed her wrist to try and make her walk. He also admitted to pulling her hair.
Hoefs is free on a $2,500 signature bond and is to have no contact with his wife or her residence.
He returns to court on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.