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1st weekend of New Year in Dickinson sees targeted violence

The first weekend of the New Year proved to be a busy one for the Dickinson Police Department. There were several arrests involving guns, knives and domestic violence.

-- After allegedly threatening her boyfriend with a pistol and hitting him on the back of head with it on Saturday evening, Jessica Goodman, 21, of Dickinson, was arrested for terrorizing and domestic violence, simple assault, Capt. Dave Wilkie said.

“He had a bruise on the back of his head where she had struck him with the pistol,” Wilkie said. Goodman was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the incident.

-- Jonathan Tripp, 28, Dickinson, was arrested Saturday evening for menacing after threatening his girlfriend with a knife, Wilkie said. A fight between Tripp and his girlfriend started on the phone and escalated with Tripp stabbing a wall with a knife, according to police reports.

The girlfriend locked herself in the bedroom and proceeded to call police, Wilkie said. Officers were unable to find the knife when arriving at the west Dickinson residence, but Tripp was arrested for menacing because of the alleged threatening calls.

-- After getting in a fight, couple Sean Gasque, 47, and Tracy Hodge, 26, both of Dickinson, were arrested for domestic violence, simple assault on Saturday night, Wilkie said. Officers said the house was a mess when they arrived.

“Pots and pans were scattered across the kitchen, the TV was lying on the floor, the TV in the bedroom was slammed against the wall and broken, dinner plates were full of food, scattered all over the dresser, spilled on the floor,” Wilkie said.

Both Hodge and Gasque showed signs of minor injuries, like bruising and marks, Wilkie said.

-- A 29-year-old Dickinson man was arrested for menacing early Sunday morning, Wilkie said. Police arrested Austin Wilkinson after he threatened to commit suicide with a handgun he of which he was in possession.

His girlfriend had locked herself upstairs in the west Dickinson residence before calling police, Wilkie said.

-- On Sunday evening, a 22-year-old Dickinson woman was arrested for domestic violence, aggravated assault after a fight with her roommate, Wilkie said.

Morgan Braschears was allegedly intoxicated when she started beating up her male roommate. She allegedly put her roommate in a chokehold until he nearly passed out, but the roommate escaped upstairs. The roommate then found and loaded his pistol, fired a warning shot to scare her away, Wilkie said. Braschears ran out of the house and the roommate called 911.

-- A 21-year-old Dickinson man was arrested Sunday evening after assaulting his father, Wilkie said.

John Musick broke into his father’s house, fought with is father and “tore the house up.” When officers arrived, Musick started to fight with officers.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, Wilkie said.

On the way to the jail, he began beating his head on the cage of the car, causing injuries, Wilkie said. Officers transported him to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center where he was treated and released back into the custody of the Dickinson Police Department. Once in a cell he began to injure himself again.

“The jail put him in the ‘naughty chair’ and that’s the last we saw of him,” Wilkie said.

Katherine Grandstrand

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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