A collision between two women using walkers has resulted in a felony charge of intimidation and misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief for Joyce Marie Renfroe, 62, of Hamilton.
According to court records, Renfroe had words with her roommate, Jeanne Hatfield, at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 8.
Renfroe told an investigating officer later they had been fighting over finances.
At the time of the alleged incident, Hatfield was standing in the hallway with her walker when Renfroe exited her bedroom with her own walker.
At that point, court records said that Renfroe told Hatfield to get out of the way or she was going to run her over. Renfroe then proceeded down the hallway with her walker and ran into Hatfield.
Hatfield fell to the ground. Her walker and medical alert necklace were both broken in the fall. She sustained some bruising as a result of the crash.
While on the ground, Hatfield told Renfroe she was going to call the police.
Renfroe allegedly replied that if she did make that call, Renfroe would kill her.
Hatfield told an officer the next day that she took the threat seriously. She said she was afraid of Renfroe and waited until her caretaker arrived at the home to call police.
The responding officer saw the leg of Hatfield’s walker was broken and reported the bruising on the victim consistent with a fall to the ground.
Renfroe allegedly told the officer that the two had been fighting, but she said the collision was an accident that occurred as she was backing out of her bedroom with her walker,
Renfroe did admit that she threatened to kill Hatfield if she called police, court records said.
Acting Justice of the Peace Jennifer Ray allowed Renfroe to remain free on her own recognizance.
In other justice court news:
*Jarrid K. Canfield, 30, and Jordan Lynn Teeple, 23, both of St. Ignatius were charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges follow a report from Canfield’s mother last March that she had located drug paraphernalia in the guesthouse of her property when the couple had been staying with their two young children.
One of the pipes tested positive for methamphetamine.
Both were released on their own recognizance by Justice Jim Bailey.
*Ryan Keith Luhman, 24, of Hutchinson, Minn., appeared on charges of felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor criminal trespass to property after he allegedly damaged a $6,750 hot tub to the point that it was deemed a total loss.
The hot tub’s owner was out of town at the time of the incident that occurred last summer. A neighbor reported witnessing a party on the property that involved sex acts. The two other people involved in the party told law enforcement that they believed Luhman had permission to use the hot tub.
The recently purchased hot tub was found to have broken glass and various body fluids in it. Its manufacturer deemed it a total loss.
Luhman was released on his own recognizance.