Court proceedings

Brown County District Court

• Tristan Dylan Merrel Gaffeney, New Ulm, was charged Jan. 31 with felony second-degree assault-dangerous weapon, felony domestic assault and gross misdemeanor interrupt, interfere, impede, disrupt 911 call. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000; no bail with conditions Thursday. A hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 13.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police K9 Officer Andrew Kuester was dispatched at 11:49 a.m. Jan. 30 to North Garden Street for a domestic involving a knife. At the scene, a woman said she and her husband, Gaffeney were arguing, he grabbed her and they began to “tussle.” The woman said she tried to grab her phone to call 911 because she was scared and Gaffeney took the phone from her.

The woman said she wanted to leave the residence with her daughter but Gaffeney stopped her and pushed her back. She said Gaffeney grabbed a knife about six inches long, waved it in the air and threw it on the bed. The woman said Gaffeney told something like if she called police, he would break everything in the house.

Officer Kuester went into the bedroom and saw a knife matching the description given, next to a nightstand in a dog food bowl. The knife had a fixed, smooth silver blade with a green rope handle.

Gaffeney was arrested for second-degree assault. He was convicted of domestic assault April 8, 2022 and Jan. 5, 2023.


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