SHOOTING CLAIMS LIFE: Man shot ‘multiple times’ outside Dickinson apartment complex

Dickinson Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting death at Century Apartments in north Dickinson at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

A man who was shot multiple times after a verbal altercation Sunday evening at a Dickinson apartment complex has died, the Dickinson Police Department said.

Police Chief Dustin Dassinger identified the man killed as 37-year-old David Porter in a statement Monday afternoon.

In the statement, Dassinger said Porter was shot “multiple times after a verbal confrontation with the suspect(s).” The incident remains under investigation. Porter died at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Sunday night.

The statement did not say if arrests had been made. Porter is not a Dickinson resident.

Police responded to Century Apartments on the 2100 block of 21st Street West at about 4:24 p.m. Sunday after a report of an African-American male being shot, according to statements released by the department Sunday and Monday. The shooting happened on the south side of the apartment complex, not far from the street.

Authorities are looking for a vehicle possibly involved in the shooting. It is described as a dark-colored Chrysler 300 with a model year range from 2005 to 2010. The car has out-of-state license plates and tinted windows. Anyone with information regarding the vehicle is asked to contact the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-7759. A police officer at the scene Sunday night said that the public is not believed to be in danger.

Access to the apartment complex on 21st Street West — a well-traveled road on the north side of the city — was blocked off at Prairie Oak Drive and 10th Street West late Sunday night.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the police department investigated scene late into the night. A Dickinson Fire Department truck was parked along 21st Street West and used a light tower to illuminate the crime scene for investigators.

Dave Bauer of Bauer Property Management, which manages Century Apartments and has its office on the complex’s grounds, said Sunday that authorities informed him about the shooting but he didn’t have enough information to comment further.

Apartment fire displaces 2 tenants

Anjana Gohil, center, is comforted by her daughter, Omega Gohil, and Rev. Tim Privratsky, chaplain of the Dickinson Fire Department, on Friday morning after the apartment above hers caught fire and displaced them after four years of living in their apartment off Sims Street in Dickinson.


Jesse Samsa broke down in tears as he watched firefighters inspect the apartment building he had lived in for the past three months.

As he looked at his section of the white building at 1143 Sims, now black and charred beyond repair, the Pennsylvania native living and working in Dickinson could only muster up three words.

“Pain and hurt.”
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Meth lab busted: Drug was made in cooler at Relax Inn

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Emergency responders carry a cooler allegedly used as a methamphetamine lab from a room at the Relax Inn in Dickinson on Thursday, where a couple was arrested for cooking the drug.

A man and a woman were arrested Thursday after allegedly making methamphetamine in a Dickinson hotel room where they had been staying.

Dickinson Police were alerted to the situation after owners and the manager of the Relax Inn confronted the two people, whose names were not immediately released, about reports of suspicious activity happening in the room. Eventually, the owners contacted authorities.

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Barking dog ‘savior’ for family during home fire

Dickinson Fire Department personnel investigate a house and garage fire at the 800 block of 13th Avenue West on Sunday morning.

A barking dog named Pebbles helped save the lives of a Dickinson woman and her daughter as a fire was destroying their home early Sunday morning.

Amber Beld and her 10-year-old daughter, Simone, escaped the house unharmed but lost most of their possessions because of a fire that the Dickinson Fire Department believes was the result of smoldering ashes from a backyard fire pit.

“I don’t know what I would have done without our little dog there with us,” Beld said. “She was like our little savior. She watches over us.”

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Univited Guest: Pickup crashes into unoccupied Dickinson residence, driver faces charges

The Dickinson Fire Department works at the scene of an accident at 45 Ninth Ave. W after a pickup truck crashed into the side of the unoccupied duplex going about 60 mph, according to investigators, at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

The driver of a pickup was injured Sunday night after violently crashing into the side of an unoccupied Dickinson residence.

Brian Foss, 40, of Dickinson, was traveling eastbound on First Street West at about 60 mph when he lost control of the Dodge Ram 1500 he was driving and crashed into the northwest corner of a residence at 45 Ninth Ave. W. The pickup drove over and uprooted a large tree on the property before entering the residence just before 9 p.m.

Capt. David Wilkie of the Dickinson Police Department said Foss was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by the Dickinson Ambulance Service. A neighbor, whose vehicle was narrowly missed by the pickup, said he responded immediately after the crash and found Foss responsive but badly injured.

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