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Forum staff reports, Published April 08 2013

Fargo man accused of beating roommate unconscious over barking dog

FARGO – A brouhaha over a barking dog landed a Fargo man in jail Friday, charged with Class C felony aggravated assault.

Charging documents filed Friday in Cass County District Court say at 12:43 a.m. Friday, police were called to the home of 51-year-old Kent Zimmerman, 1422 1st Ave. S., Fargo, after a neighbor complained of people fighting upstairs.

Zimmerman told police he’d been trying to sleep and became upset because his roommate’s dog was barking. He told police he and the roommate, Steve Winter, had pushed each other around.

According to court records, Winter told police he’d been minding his own business when Zimmerman punched him several times in the face, knocking him out. Winter told police he didn’t remember anything after that.

Winter, whose face was swollen and who had cuts on his face, nose and mouth, was taken by ambulance to Sanford Health.

Zimmerman was released from the Cass County Jail after posting $500 bond.