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Circuit Court: Oct. 19, 2017
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Green County


• Harry L. Bohms, 72, Belleville, pleaded no contest Oct. 10 to a fourth-offense charge of operating while intoxicated and was sentenced to two years on probation and 60 days in jail. His license is revoked 26 months, followed by 26 months with a required ignition interlock device on his vehicle. He's also ordered to complete an alcohol-use assessment and fined $1,888. Court records indicate Bohms was arrested following a hit-and-run mid-morning March 22 on School Street in Belleville. He failed sobriety tests, smelled of alcohol and blew a preliminary breath test of 0.112 percent blood-alcohol concentration.

• Philip Darwin Hoffman Jr., 33, Monroe, pleaded no contest Oct. 11 to a Class H felony charge of strangulation and suffocation and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. He was sentenced to 30 months on probation and ordered to undergo all recommended counseling and treatment and pay the court $1,704. A felony charge of substantial battery and misdemeanor charges of battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property were dismissed. Court records indicate Hoffman was "intoxicated and out of control" March 24 and March 25 at his residence in the N2300 block of Bloom Lane, Town of Clarno. He grabbed a woman, shoved her and strangled her, slammed a fridge door on her and kicked her while she was on the floor. He also strangled a male victim in the residence until he was unconscious and "had turned purple/gray." In a victim-impact statement to the court, one of the victims wrote, "I feel the defendant should attend anger management. I do not feel the defendant should be made to serve jail time. He should refrain from consuming alcohol."

• Tammy L. Hutchins, 46, Footville, pleaded no contest Oct. 12 to a misdemeanor charge of theft and was sentenced to one year on probation and ordered to pay restitution and fines. She also pleaded no contest and entered into a two-year deferred prosecution agreement on a Class H felony charge of misappropriating ID information. If she complies with the conditions of the agreement, the felony will be dismissed. Court records indicate she was employed as an in-home caregiver for a quadriplegic man in February when she used his debit card without his authorization to get cash, go to bars and stay overnight in a motel. She admitted to having a gambling problem and has been cooperative with authorities in repaying the money.

• Joseph David Ruegsegger, 24, Monroe, pleaded no contest Oct. 12 to a Class I felony charge of fleeing police using a vehicle. Misdemeanor charges of bail jumping and resisting police were dismissed but "read in," meaning the judge could consider them in sentencing. Ruegsegger was sentenced to three years on probation with the conditions that he complete an assessment for alcohol and drug abuse and undergo any recommended counseling and treatment. He is also ordered to spend 60 days in jail as part of his sentence on a related second-offense conviction of operating while intoxicated. The charges stem from an attempted traffic stop June 14 in Monroe. Ruegsegger fled the scene, but police apprehended him at his residence in the 600 block of 17th Avenue. He smelled of alcohol and police determined he had been drinking in violation of a court order.

• Justin David Brown, 34, and Shane A. Chesebro, 36, both of Monroe, signed $5,000 signature bonds Oct 17 on one Class F felony charge each of delivering cocaine. Preliminary hearings in their cases are set for Nov. 10. The charges stem from an incident May 25 in the parking lot of Stop 'n' Go, 1607 9th Street, Monroe. An "8 ball" baggie containing 3.3 grams of cocaine changed hands for $225.