Friday, September 23, 2011

Bellevue man charged with domestic violence

Police allege he punched girlfriend in the face

Express Staff Writer

Timothy Reid Warehime

A 44-year-old Bellevue man has been charged with a felony for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face last weekend.

Timothy Reid Warehime was formally charged with "domestic battery resulting in traumatic injury" in an initial court appearance Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court. Hailey attorney Christopher Simms was appointed public defender and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 28.

Warehime remained incarcerated Thursday in the Blaine County jail on $10,000 bond.

The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by Bellevue Deputy Rene Rodriguez alleges that Warehime punched the woman at the couple's home on Broadford Road on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 17. Rodriguez wrote that he was called to the home shortly after 9 p.m. and once there found the woman "crying and yelling."

"I noticed [the woman's] right cheek, right eye and nose were swollen severely," Rodriguez wrote.

According to the affidavit, the altercation occurred after the couple attended a "benefit dinner" at Magic Reservoir. Rodriguez wrote that Warehime told him he hit the woman with his elbow while she was striking him in the face and trying to grab the steering wheel on the drive home.

"I could not see any marks, scratches or bruises on Warehime's face," Rodriguez wrote.

A second probable-cause affidavit filed by Bellevue Deputy Crissi Gilchrist alleges that Warehime battered the woman after the couple arrived in Bellevue and not during the drive home.

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