Alleged Battery in H-F Racquet Club Pool

A woman's complaint of battery got a man charged despite inconclusive physical and video evidence of the crime.

A man was ticketed for the “possibility” of making contact with a female swimmer as they passed each other in the H-F Racquet Club pool.

That woman called police around 8:45 p.m. alleging that a man was bothered because she wouldn't swim faster within their shared lane, and then hit her several times underwater as he passed her.

Officers could find no scratches on the woman’s forearm where she said she had been scratched. Although the man denied the allegation and officers “could not determine" if he had struck her on the club’s video footage, the man was charged with battery.

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Resident 4 April 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Oh my god! I use to work there. It is unfortunate and I hope it's not true because this man has that on his record.
WA Mama April 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I want Homewood police to stake out Walt's parking lot, because there's always someone who almost runs into me. The possibility of physical harm is rampant over there! I want to see tickets issued! P.S., how is "battery" a "local ordinance" violation?
June Whitehand April 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
So, from what I read here....a woman was annoyed and filed charges in spite?
Tony C. April 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Hey it happened to me! Years ago Homewood police arrested me for battery after I broke up with a girlfriend. She got angry, struck me 7 times before I got away from her, then she called police and I was arrested! It happens more than it should...
GladvilleGirl April 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Without a witness or something, we're really just speculating. I have to admit that my line of speculation just went like this: guy was probably poorly behaved towards the police.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Why does this remind me of a Seinfeld episode?
Barb Ferrari April 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I was under the belief that physical activity reduces stress by releases calming neuro-chemicals...These folks need to focus on their workout and attempt to play nice with one another.
Resident April 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I thought that too.
Resident April 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Resident April 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Yep... (I've been at that pool with a faster swimmer in a shared lane and bumps and scratches are inevitable. Methinks if the woman was annoyed by the faster swimmer she should have opted for a different lane or reported her annoyance to a staff member. I wonder if she might have encouraged the other swimmer to further annoy her, perhaps by hogging the lane. Simple solution: As the faster swimmer is approaching, move over; better yet, choose another lane.)
LocalRez April 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Wow "Although the man denied the allegation and officers “could not determine" if he had struck her on the club’s video footage, the man was charged with battery." And she had no scratches? This is crazy. Just think if there wasn't any video maybe she could have claimed worse and the police would have charged him for whatever. This doesn't seem appropriate. I can imagine the guy must have been upset with the situation - with the police questioning him.
Steve Burke April 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
was she a parent at James Hart?
Ima Copp April 17, 2012 at 12:23 AM
J. Walter Weatherman April 17, 2012 at 01:16 AM
This sets a dangerous precedent for any future quarrels at the Racquet club... This should have been brought to managements attention and they could have decided whether or not authorities needed to be called. If I ran that place, I'd be asking the site admin to remove this article. What a waste of tax dollars.
LocalRez April 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Actually, it seem like a nuisance call to the police. Why this person didn't complain to management makes me feel that they have experience with reporting others to the police. The management should have handled this situation, it is not a police issue and was a waste of our tax dollars. Usually when the police are called for a domestic dispute, someone is going to jail. Maybe this has worked for her in the past. The man should do some investigation of his accuser and see if this her chosen resolution method for other situations. I also wonder if either of these people have a history of squabbling with others over the same issue. Maybe the racket club needs to post signs for appropriate behavior and making complaints. The police should not be part of this equation they have more important things to be doing if you ask me. If it isn't a life threatening situation the police should not be called. Maybe it is time to discontinue their memberships. I bet that won't be a problem for the guy that was charged but the woman would probably have an attorney claiming discrimination...
D Wilson June 21, 2012 at 02:24 PM
This was a set-up. As a club member I've learned the man is a competitve swimmer and swim coach who practices in the "fast lane" and the woman was walking. The entire bogus "incident" is on video. He politely asked her to move into the the "walking lane" which was unused at the time because it is almost impossible NOT to touch a walker especially for a competive swimmer who does not want to break his rythym . A heavy set woman she refused to move to the empty walking lanes, used filthy language so the man exited the pool and reported the situation to the front desk. This woman who called the police did not even show up at the court proceedings and the case was dismissed. I believe the Patch reporter who posted this story should also report the resolution of the case and also find out this woman's name and if she has a history of this type of complaint. A man who donates his time to our community as a swim meet coach and official was rudely and unnecessarily embarrassed by this woman.If she tried this on him she may have a history setting up others in hopes of some sort of monetary gain. That would be the REAL Patch story if they care to make the effort to help clear this man's name.


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