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Circuit Court: Oct. 30, 2017
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Green County


• Steven Ernest Goecke, 45, New Glarus, pleaded no contest Oct. 18 to a Class B misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery, both related to domestic abuse. Goecke was sentenced to four years of probation and fined $552 as part of a plea agreement. Per the agreement, Goecke will undergo counseling for anger issues. Felony charges of strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment and disorderly conduct with the use of a dangerous weapon were dismissed. The charges stem from a domestic altercation reported June 10 in New Glarus, during which a woman reported she had twisted her ankle and wanted to have it examined by a doctor, but Goecke refused to let her leave the residence, pinning her against the floor and slapping her before threatening to harm himself.

• Phillip Edgar Ruckman, 49, New Glarus, pleaded no contest Oct. 16 to a Class B misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. A Class A misdemeanor charge of battery was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. The charges stem from a domestic dispute at a residence in the W7600 block of County H in the Town of York. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 16.

• Frederick A. Ballard, 65, Monticello, stood mute Oct. 23 on a Class B misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, stemming from a domestic incident Sept. 4 at his home in the 400 block of East Coates Avenue. Court records indicate Ballard called police to report a woman hit him in the head with a hammer, but an investigation revealed he had been the one swinging a hammer and threatening to smash her cellphone and possibly hit himself in the process. She was uninjured. A breathalyzer test showed Ballard had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.3 percent. Ballard signed a $750 signature bond with conditions that he not possess or consume intoxicants, have violent or abusive contact with the victim or enter bars or establishments that sell intoxicants, with the exception of grocery stores and gas stations. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Dec. 5.