Man can stand trial

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man accused of assaulting and resisting police who were dispatched to a domestic violence incident in January was recently found competent to stand trial.

Joshua Jacob Curtis, 33, appeared in Delta County Circuit Court Thursday for a pretrial hearing. Results from a recent forensic examination showed he is competent to be tried in court. A three-day jury trial is scheduled for July 23-25.

Curtis is charged with assault with intent to murder for allegedly threatening an Escanaba Public Safety officer with a knife.

He is also charged with assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer when he allegedly resisted being arrested by a second officer.

On Jan. 10, three officers responded to a possible domestic incident at Curtis’ residence at 1401 N. 23rd St., Lot 61. He had barricaded himself in a room then came out with a knife.

When Curtis resisted arrest, police used a taser device to subdue him.

Assault with intent to murder carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.

The charge for resisting a police officer carries a maximum sentencing of two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Curtis remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond.