Arson among charges Deputy man facing
Saturday, September 07, 2013 4:59 AM
A Deputy man has been charged following a Monday arrest after an overnight manhunt.
Michael A. Stidham, 37, appeared in court Friday, and prosecutors charged him with arson, a Class B felony; criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a Class D felony; battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor; intimidation, a Class D felony; and criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor.
Sheriff's deputies responded to Stidham's residence after receiving a domestic dispute call, only to find Stidham had set fire to the residence and fled the scene, according to court records. Stidham also fired a .22 caliber rifle at family members in a vehicle as they left the house, police said.
Superior Court Judge Alison Frazier set bond at $100,000 cash due to the possible danger she said Stidham posed to the community and the fact that he was already out on bond on another charge.
Stidham faces charges from August 2012 when police were called to his residence to investigate a theft. When officers tried to arrest Stidham, he allegedly resisted and fought with officers. That case is still pending.
Stidham's trial date was set for Nov. 5.