Montague fire chief faces assault charge

Dennis Roesler in an undated photo courtesy Facebook.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The Montague Fire District chief faces two charges after an alleged domestic dispute in which a gun was involved, according to prosecutors.

Dennis Roesler, 51, was arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday with felony assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor possessing a firearm while intoxicated, Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Tim Maat confirmed.

Maat said the charges stem from an alleged domestic dispute that involved a handgun. No one was hurt.

The Muskegon Chronicle is reporting that Roesler is accused of threatening his wife with a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun while he was drunk. Roesler’s attorney told the Chronicle that Roesler says that’s not true and that he denies any dispute took place.

The felony assault charge is punishable by up to four years in prison, 150 hours of community service and/or a fine up to $6,000, according to the Michigan Penal Code. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Montague Fire District Authority Board Thursday, members passed a motion to suspend Roesler pending the outcome of the judicial process. Assistant Chief Ron Anderson took over as acting chief.

Roesler was not in the Muskegon County Jail Thursday evening.

He is related to Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler.

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