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Charges "under review" after latest Kim Hoenisch incident


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - The former Marathon County probation agent awaiting sentencing for misconduct in office related to prescription drug theft could face new charges soon. 42-year-old Kim Hoenisch could be charged after getting into a fight with her sister a week ago.

Sheriff Scott Parks confirms that Hoenisch was involved in a new incident last Tuesday, July 16th. “The Sheriff’s Department was notified of a domestic disturbance type of incident that had taken place at a residence in the Town of Berlin. We did roll patrol cars to that location. Kim Hoenisch had been involved in an incident with a family member, had left the scene, and had located her later on driving a motor vehicle, and she was taken into custody.”  

Officers found that Kim Hoenisch had been at her mother’s house in the Town of Berlin when the altercation occurred. Hoenisch and her sister have a history of not getting along. Their mother yelled to another sibling to call 9-1-1 after the pushing and shoving led to one of them being struck in the head at about 1:15 in the afternoon. Hoenisch left the scene, and was located by deputies on Highway 107 just north of Highway 29 a short time later.  Parks says her husband, former Sheriff Randy Hoenisch, contacted the department to inform them she had left the scene.

Parks says Kim Hoenisch was brought in at that time. She was booked on suspicion of simple battery and disorderly conduct. The Sheriff says she was released in a few hours. “She was allowed to have a signature bond, which she did follow through with, and was released. That’s standard procedure for the majority of our incidents involving that type of incident.”

Parks says Hoenisch may have been in violation of her bond from the other felony case that she is awaiting sentencing for. “It’s not a normal practice for us to hold on bond violations because the booking officers or the sheriff’s deputies do not always have all of the details of a bail bond, so a number of times, the individuals are booked for the current charges and then a referral made for the possible bond violation, which is then done by the District Attorney’s office.”

The District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the reports, and they have not determined what actual charges will be filed. It’s also unclear if the District Attorney’s office will prosecute the case themselves or seek a special prosecutor because of their prior working relationship with Hoenisch when she was a probation agent.

An initial appearance for the new charges, whatever they may be, is set for July 30th at 2:30 in Branch 6 of Marathon County Circuit Court.

So far, District Attorney Ken Heimerman has not commented on the new incident.