Police say a drunk bit off part of a man’s ear during a fight.
James R. Hill, 25, Clintonville, is charged with felony mayhem, battery, disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon and eight counts of bail jumping.
On March 23, Hill appeared in court on charges of felony strangulation, battery and disorderly conduct as acts of domestic abuse.
Hill was released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond with the conditions that he have no contact with his wife, not possess any firearms and not commit any crimes. She filed for divorce on May 19.
At 3 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, a 911 caller reported hearing a very loud verbal fight outside the 100 block of North Main Street, which is the home of Hill’s estranged wife.
Officers Andrew Kizewski and Tyler Bartel responded and spoke with the wife and her female friend.
According to the criminal complaint, their initial story was Hill showed up at their home and was drunk. They said the argument was over trying to make him leave. They said Hill went to his mother’s home on Motor Street, where he is currently living.
Bartel went to the Motor Street address, but did not find anybody home.
He then learned from dispatch that Hill and his mother were at the emergency room in New London.
At 3:28 a.m., New London Police Officer Josh Wilson had been dispatched to the hospital to assist with a combative emergency patient.
Hill “was vulgar and uncooperative while the nurses were doing their initial triage of his injuries,” the complaint says. He “fought with staff and spit at the police officer while in the CT scan.”
Police say Hill was intoxicated and attributed his injuries to a fight with two Clintonville men.
Bartel and Kizewski returned to the Main Street home and made several attempts to contact the estranged wife, but she did not answer the door.
Kizewski noticed blood on the car parked in the driveway, a shoe print on the trunk and that the passenger-side mirror had been knocked out of alignment.
Bartel then yelled that they knew she was home and they needed to speak with her about what had happened there.
When asked about Hill’s injuries, the ex-wife said she and Hill had been arguing while at Mike’s Saloon. She and her friend left shortly after 1 a.m., stopped at Kwik Trip, then returned home and started watching a movie around 2 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.
She said Hill showed up and looked as if he had been beaten. She said she called Hill’s mother to pick him up.
Later on Sunday, Cody Jobe went to the Clintonville Police Department to report a battery.
Jobe had multiple injuries, including the tip of his ear.
Jobe said he had gone to the ex-wife’s home between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
He told police Hill arrived around 3 a.m. and began pounding on the side door. When the ex-wife answered the door, they began arguing about whether he could enter the house. Jobe and the ex-wife’s friend also went to the door.
Hill allegedly picked up a 2-by-4 and Jobe stepped in and grabbed it from him. The two men began grappling, and they both fell down the stairway into the basement. They punched each other until the women pulled them apart.
The two men calmed down for awhile, but when the women tried to escort Hill out the door, it apparently became a melee.
Jobe and Hill were wrestling on the floor when Hill allegedly bit Jobe’s right ear and tore about 2 inches of it off.
After they went outside, the altercation continued.
Jobe also accused Hill of biting him on his left hand.
Hill appeared in court on Aug. 25 and was released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond with the conditions that he have no contact with Jobe or the two women. He is also prohibited from consuming alcohol.