Saturday, August 10, 2002

Policeman charged in struggle

By Janice Morse,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A police sergeant disciplined because of a scuffle with a fellow officer in 1998 was arrested Friday on a domestic violence charge.

        Joseph P. Booher, 41, was jailed on a misdemeanor charge after his wife, Joanne D. Booher, 35, said he “during an altercation knowingly caused her physical harm” at their home Thursday evening, a police report says.

        Sgt. Booher appeared Friday in Hamilton Municipal Court and was released after posting a $50,000 bond. Police officials declined comment.

        Mrs. Booher sustained scrapes under her right eye and on her right cheek, as well as abrasions on both knees, the report says.

        She received a temporary protection order against Sgt. Booher through Butler County Common Pleas Court. The order requires him to surrender all weapons in his possession.

        In an application for the court order, Mrs. Booher, also known as “Jodi,” said her husband got upset because she wouldn't get off the telephone when he told her to.

        “He came toward me and began pulling the phone out of my hand,” she said. Mrs. Booher said the struggle continued in another room, where her husband “took the phone off the wall and disconnected the cord.” Mr. Booher, who is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, “pulled me over his back so my feet were off the ground,” Mrs. Booher said.

        She also said her husband grabbed her shoulders, the back of her hair, her face and twisted her neck.

        Court records show previous problems, including a 14-month separation and a temporary protection order that Mr. Booher obtained against his wife in 2000. A judge dismissed that order “for lack of evidence,” records show.


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