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Assault case heads to circuit court

ESCANABA — A 31-year-old Cornell man was bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on 11 felonies and one misdemeanor recently, ranging from destruction of police property to domestic violence.

John Curtis Ratliff, 31, of 10087 I Road, Cornell, was bound over on the following counts: malicious destruction of fire or police property, a four-year felony with a maximum fine of $5,000; interfering with electronic communications, a two-year felony with a maximum fine of $1,000; nine counts of police officer – assaulting/resisting/obstructing, a two-year felony with a maximum fine of $2,000; and domestic violence – aggravated, a one-year misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $1,000.

Ratliff was arrested after Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to a domestic assault in progress April 28 at a house on the 200 block of North 15th Street at around 8:35 p.m. Delta County Central Dispatch informed officers they just had a 911 call and could hear screaming before the call was cut short.

When officers arrived, they heard screaming coming from inside the house.

After determining it was coming from the upstairs apartment, officers made contact with a 30-year-old Escanaba woman who let the officers inside.

The woman had a bloody nose, bloody mouth, marks on her cheeks and her right cheek was swollen.

Ratliff was found in the back of the apartment and was brought to the living room by officers.

Escanaba Public Safety was assisted at the scene by the Delta County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman explained Ratliff beat her and she had called 911 when he had broken her phone in two.

When Ratliff was informed he was under arrest, he fought every step of the way by spitting, kicking and thrusting himself at every officer and deputy that he came in contact with.

Once in the police vehicle, Ratliff kicked the door so hard he damaged it.

Upon arriving at the jail, Ratliff fought with deputies at the jail and the officers that brought him there.

Ratliff was arraigned on the charges in district court on April 29.

His bond was set at $15,000 cash/surety. Ratliff has not posted bond and is currently lodged in Delta County Jail.

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