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Man charged with shooting gun during domestic incident


January 2, 2019

A Cherokee man is facing numerous charges following a domestic altercation involving a rifle.

Michael Allen Roadenbaugh, 47, of Cherokee, is charged with four felonies: (1) shooting with intent to kill, (2) assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, (3) possess firearm during commission of a felony and (3) bringing contraband – drugs into jail. The first charge is punishable by imprisonment up to life. The second carries a penalty of imprisonment up to 10 years in the penitentiary or one year in the county jail. The third is punishable by imprisonment for two to ten years. The penalty for the fourth charge is imprisonment in the penitentiary for one to five years, or a fine of $100 to $1,000, or both fine and imprisonment.

In addition, Roadenbaugh is charged with two misdemeanors of carrying a firearm while under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court records show on Friday, Dec. 21, Cherokee Police Officer Brock Phillips responded to a call about a domestic disturbance on West 11th. The reporting party had left the scene so Phillips drove to meet with him first. Worry was expressed about the safety of Diane Roadenbaugh who was still at the house with the aggressor Michael Roadenbaugh.

Phillips was told that Michael Roadenbaugh had pulled a .22 long rifle, pointed it at the head of Damon Horne and pulled the trigger twice. Horne said he was able to push the gun away, avoiding contact.

Phillips called for assistance before going to the scene. Police Chief Ryan McNeil, Sheriff Rick Wallace and Undersheriff Gary Mast arrived to help. After McNeil arrived, Phillips drew his taser and knocked. Roadenbaugh answered the door, and Phillips ordered him outside with his hands up.

McNeil stayed with Roadenbaugh in the front yard while Phillips went inside to talk to Diane Roadenbaugh. She told him her son Michael had pulled the gun and pointed it a Horne. Phillips placed Roadenbaugh under arrest.

While in the house, Phillips could smell an overwhelming odor of marijuana. Mast offered to sit at the house and wait for a search warrant to be obtained. Phillips informed Roadenbaugh that he needed to tell him if he had anything such as drugs or paraphernalia before he got to the jail. If anything was found, it would be an attempt to bring contraband into the jail. Roadenbaugh said he had nothing.

When Phillips search Roadenbaugh at the jail, he found a pipe in his pocket that contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

While McNeil wrote the search warrant, Phillips went back to talk to Horne. He said the same thing as earlier.

The officers then served the search warrant. They found two fired .22 caliber rounds lying on the living room floor along with five live rounds on the floor. They did not find where the bullets went after they were fired. They also found several pieces of drug paraphernalia in Michael’s bedroom.

Charges were filed in Alfalfa County Court on Dec. 27. Bond was set at $50,000 on the felony charges, and Roadenbaugh’s next court appearance is set for Jan. 9.


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