Weed man will face charges in alleged officer assault

Ami Ridling

Superior Court Judge Don Langford ruled on Tuesday that Dennis Michael Burns, a Weed parolee, will be held to answer to all the charges brought against him in connection to the December 2011 incident in which he allegedly pushed a peace officer down a flight of stairs.   

During Burns’ preliminary hearing last week, Langford heard testimony from the officers involved in the arrest, including the Weed Police Department officer who sustained a broken rib and a deep bone bruise when Burns reportedly pushed him down the stairs. The hearing was held in order for the judge to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to hold Burns to answer to the charges. Langford postponed his ruling until yesterday.   

Burns is charged with felony counts of assault upon a peace officer, battery upon an officer with injury, battery with serious bodily injury, resisting/obstructing a peace officer causing serious bodily injury, resisting an executive officer and possession of methamphetamine.   

His misdemeanor charges are for possession of a smoking device and giving false information to a police officer.   

Burns also faces special allegations for a prior felony strike, and his conviction history.