Garrard family indicted for alleged assault of coach

March 26, 2004|EMILY BURTON

LANCASTER - Three members of a Garrard County family were indicted on charges of assault and complicity to assault last week, a result of Jerry Dick's alleged Jan. 19 assault of Garrard County High School basketball coach Cecil Combs.

Dick, 43, of 412 Nina Ridge, was indicted on charges of third-degree assault of a school official, while his wife, Tammy Dick and son Michael, 18, also of Nina Ridge, were indicted on charges of complicity to third-degree assault.

The incident was reportedly over Michael Dick quitting the team. He had been a senior forward for Combs.

The Dicks reportedly approached Combs in his office during practice. A struggle ensued when Jerry Dick allegedly began to choke Combs from behind.

According to a criminal complaint made by Combs, Jerry Dick put Combs in a headlock, "choked him until he almost passed out," and twisted his arm behind his back.


The fight then progressed into the gym, said police. Several basketball team members were reported to have seen the altercation.

Tammy and Michael Dick reportedly witnessed the alleged attack but did not try to hinder it.

Lancaster Police chief Ron Lamb, who went to the scene with Officer Tim Royce, said Combs had bruises on his face and neck.

Jerry Dick had originally been charged with fourth-degree assault, but that was amended to third-degree under a state law that elevates the level of severity on attacks against school employees.

The Dick family has been scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. April 16.

Royce was the grand jury witness.

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