A Ravalli County couple who began an argument four years ago appeared in Ravalli County District Court Thursday morning, still arguing.

Travis Barrus pleaded not guilty to criminal endangerment, aggravated assault, and partner or family member assault.

According to court records, Barrus assaulted his girlfriend and was taken to Community Medical Center in Missoula in June 2008. Barrus and the woman were arguing, when he allegedly pushed her against the railing of her deck. The railing gave in and the woman fell 5 feet to the ground, unconscious.

Court records state that Barrus took her to the hospital, stopping first at the Florence Town Pump where they engaged in another verbal argument. Someone inside the store called 9-1-1. At Community Medical Center, the woman was treated for a sprained ankle, potential broken wrist, concussion and several minor scrapes and abrasions.

On Thursday morning, Ravalli County District Judge James Haynes was told the couple got married in the past four years and are now seeking a divorce. Haynes, in fact, changed their no contact order so they can work through the divorce without lawyers.

Barrus’ omnibus hearing is set in Ravalli County District Court for Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.

In other court news

• William Hunter Sears, 29, pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor partner family member assault after an argument with his girlfriend allegedly turned physical in November 2011.

Sears’ trial is set for Nov. 13 in Ravalli County District Court.

• Jane Elizabeth Green, 33, of Stevensville, withdrew her denial of Aug. 30 and pleaded guilty to violating her conditions of release from 2003.

According to court records, Green was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Department of Corrections with five years suspended for accountability for criminal production of dangerous drugs and accountability for operations of a clandestine laboratory.

In court Wednesday morning, Green said she had been shooting methamphetamine and smoking marijuana for two years. Green said that since she told her probation officer, she has found a core group of individuals who will help her.

Haynes said that she hasn’t taken control of her problem for almost 10 years and sentenced her to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections suspended and no credit for street time.

Reach reporter Julia Cummings at 363-3300 or julia.cummings@ravallirepublic.com

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