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Around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to the 300 block of East Ninth to check out a reported disturbance. 

Officers found a shattered front window of a Ford Explorer parked at a home there. And, broken windows, glass and furniture were strewn about the yard, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

Officers asked Rodger Roose, 40, and to come outside and talk with them.  Roose briefly opened the door, cursed and then slammed it shut. 

He remained belligerent and refused to cooperate. Police could see him with two small children, ages 2 and 6, inside the home. The inside of the house was damaged and in disarray, according to the police report.

The woman, who Roose reportedly fought with all night, left on foot before police arrived. Officers were able to reason with the intoxicated Roose was intoxicated and police were unable to reason with him. He was taken into custody, charged with obstructing justice, as well as two counts of child abuse, because children witnessed the violence. 

Roose was taken to the Lincoln County jail. The children were placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, the 36-year-old mother of the two children contacted law enforcement, asking where the girls had been taken. Police went to talk with her and found that she had been punched, kicked and dragged by her hair, apparently by Roose, Brown said.

Roose picked up additional charges of third-degree domestic assault and criminal mischief. Police also found out that Roose did not live in the house, but they still considered him a domestic partner to the victim, Brown said.

Roose appeared in court Wednesday, but he remained belligerent. He went back to his cell and was brought forward again Thursday.

 "You were pretty intoxicated yesterday,” Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull told him. “I didn't do your arraignment then.”

Turnbull asked Roose if he was now okay.

"I am, and I apologize for yesterday," Roose replied.

"I chalked it up to the alcohol so we will start all over again today," Turnbull said, adding that he wouldn't press the issue or give him additional charges.

Turnbull told him that he would appoint a public defender to represent him. 

“I do appreciate your apology for your actions yesterday," he said. 

Roose is scheduled to return to court on July 10.

He had only been out of jail for about three weeks, after serving 54 days for failure to appear. His bond is set at $50,000.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/3/2014
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