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3 in custody after alleged firearm incident in Gladstone

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The Dickinson Press
3 in custody after alleged firearm incident in Gladstone
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

Three people are in custody at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson after a New Year's Eve incident Monday night in Gladstone allegedly involving a firearm.

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Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said Tuesday there were no critical injuries sustained in the incident. A person suffered minor gun "powder burns."

Tuhy said three individuals from "outside the area" were apprehended out of town after fleeing the scene of the incident outside the Enchanted Hideaway Bar in a van.

Enchanted Hideaway owner Jerry Johnson would not confirm or deny that there was an incident when reached by phone Tuesday afternoon. Tuhy said a weapon was found after the incident and added that a full report would be prepared by late this morning.

"There is no reason for citizens to be alarmed," Tuhy said. "There are three individuals in custody and we're not actively searching for any other suspects, but the case is still under investigation."

The North Dakota Highway Patrol assisted on the call, which came in sometime before midnight Monday night. Tuhy said no law enforcement officials were injured in the apprehension of the suspects. A Stark County squad car sustained damage after one of the suspects kicked it while being detained.

"A shots fired call is pretty serious," NDHP Sgt. Dan Haugen said. "Because of the serious nature of the call, all resources were made available to the Stark County Sheriff's Office."

Tuhy declined to comment on the type of firearm used, although Stark County Sgt. Gary Kuhn said that he believed it was a shotgun.

Teen killed in morning crash

A 17-year-old New Salem boy was killed early Tuesday morning after the car he was driving veered into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with a pickup truck, according to a release from the North Dakota HP.

Dalton T. Kramer was pronounced dead at 1:37 a.m., shortly after the accident, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck. The 2003 Honda Civic being driven by Kramer impacted a 1999 Dodge Ram being operated by Skylar Rebel, 18, who sustained minor injuries, but declined medical attention.

The crash happened on 33rd Street, a gravel road in rural Morton County. Kramer was not wearing his seatbelt.

Two arrested for DUIs

Two motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday night and early Tuesday morning, according to information released by the North Dakota HP.

Haugen said he arrested a motorist at 9:30 p.m. Monday on Interstate 94 near mile marker 90. A driver traveling on Highway 22 south of Dickinson was arrested on suspicion of DUI at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

DPD adds up 2012 events

Capping off a busy year Monday, Sgt. Dan Brown of the Dickinson Police Department said the DPD finished 2012 with 24,853 events, which include calls for service, traffic stops, parking tickets and sex offender registration, among other services provided by the DPD.

"We had an increase from 2011 and part of that is due to our increase in population in the city," Brown said. "I've noticed an increase in traffic stops and service calls for disorderly or suspicious people. That said, I think our longtime residents, if they were being honest, would say they've only been inconvenienced by the population increase. We haven't a big jump in crime here."

The DPD recorded 22,872 numbered events in 2011.

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