Crime

Suspect in Itasca County Bank Robbery Charged With Four Felonies

Bail has Been set at $400,000 Without Conditions

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – A 23-year-old homeless man accused of robbing the First National Bank of Coleraine Bank in La Prairie on Tuesday made his first appearance in District Court this morning. Court records show Connor David Johnson has been charged with two counts of First Degree Aggravated Robbery and two counts of Second Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon….

Person of Interest Still Wanted in Early April Downtown Duluth Shooting

Duluth police say they are continuing to search for a person of interest in a shooting in downtown Duluth earlier this month, that left a man with a gunshot wound to the face.

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth police say they are continuing to search for a person of interest in a shooting in downtown Duluth earlier this month, that left a man with a gunshot wound to the face. A suspect ran from the scene at about 11 p.m. April 2 in the area of Second Avenue West and Superior Street. Authorities tell us the…

Grand Rapids Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing on Elementary School Playground

Woman died as a result, 15-year-old male charged in juvenile court.

Disclaimer: Police identify the victim as 20-years-old, but a relative tells us she was 19. GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- Grand Rapids Police are investigating the death of a Grand Rapids woman, after she was found stabbed on a local school playground. When authorities arrived they found a 15-year-old boy holding a knife. Now the Itasca County Attorney’s office is asking he…

Victim Identified in Grand Rapids Elementary School Stabbing Death

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The Grand Rapids Police Chief has identified the female stabbing victim found dead on the Murphy Elementary School playground Tuesday as 20-year-old Chere Morgan. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the school around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. A Grand Rapids police officer and state patrol trooper arrived at the school within four minutes. They…

Police Investigate Stabbing Death of 20-Year-Old Woman on Grand Rapids Elementary School Playground

15-year-old Grand Rapids Suspect Arrested in Case

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the stabbing death of a 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman on the Murphy Elementary School playground. At about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the school. A Grand Rapids police officer and state patrol trooper arrived at the school within four minutes. They found a 15-year-old Grand…

Official: Jayme Closs’ Kidnapper Not Cooperating on Sentence

Authorities say a Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is refusing to cooperate in his presentence investigation.

BARRON, Wis.-Authorities say a Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is refusing to cooperate in his presentence investigation. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that a probation and parole agent filed a one-paragraph letter Monday telling a Barron County Circuit Court judge that Jake Patterson stated he was advised by his lawyer not…

Complaint: Man Went to Mall of America Intending to Kill

(Bloomington Police Department) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The man charged with throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America told police he was angry at being rejected by women at the Minnesota mall and was “looking for someone to kill” when he went there last week, according to a criminal complaint Monday. Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of…

Police Chief, ISD 709 Superintendent Debrief After School Shooting Threat

Chief Tusken and Superintendent Gronseth Proud of Teams' responses.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s top cop Chief Mike Tusken, and Superintendent of District 709 Schools Bill Gronseth are reflecting on last week’s active shooter threat at Duluth East High School. The incident involved 36-year-old Travis Busch, who was accused of threatening to shoot officers and others in the school. Authorities also found guns in his car in the school parking lot, and…

Agents Arrest 58 People in Twin Cities sex Trafficking Sting

28 Victims Were Rescued

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota authorities say nearly five dozen people are facing charges for sex trafficking following an undercover operation in several Twin Cities communities. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 28 victims were rescued from sex trafficking situations, including one minor. The sting was conducted April 4-8. Undercover agents and investigators posed as minors or as…

Moose Lake DOC Employee Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct With Inmate

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – A female Department of Corrections employee corrections officer in Moose Lake has been formally charged with Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct for engaging in the sexual exploitation of an inmate. According to the criminal complaint, Officer James Jungers of the Moose Lake Police Department was contacted by Investigator Gunderson of the MN Department of Corrections, Office…

Police Investigate two Deaths in Orono

Officials say There is no Apparent Risk to Public

ORONO, Minn. (AP) – Police say they’re investigating the deaths of two people at a home in Orono. Authorities say bodies of a male and female were discovered at the home about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police are being assisted by Hennepin County sheriff’s investigators and the state Crime Lab. Officials say there is no apparent risk to the public in…

Duluth Man Charged with Threatening Violence to Police and East High School

One charge of Threats of Violence, and one of Possession of a Machine Gun Conversion Kit.

DULUTH, Minn.- Serious charges are now filed against a Duluth man accused of threatening to shoot up East High School and any Police Officers who entered the building. 35-year-old Travis Busch, who had access to East High School as a job coach for a student with special needs, is charged with one count of “Threats of Violence,” and one count…

One Suspect in Custody After Suspected Home Break-In

Two young males tried kicking in door in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Police Department arrested one male suspect and detained three others, after responding to reports of an attempted home invasion at about 5 p–m last night at the thirteen hundred block of Lincoln street. There two young males were accused of trying to kick a door in. Police arrested the suspect on possible charges of bail jumping and…

Judge Relents on Video Evidence at Cop’s Trial

Body Camera Footage Will be Shown to Entire Courtroom

(Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The judge hearing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman has reversed a ban on what video evidence may be viewed by the media and public. Judge Kathryn Quaintance ruled Tuesday that body camera video introduced as evidence in the murder trial…

Man Charged in Duluth School Threat

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man has been formally charged with threats of violence and possession of a machine gun conversion kit following his arrest on Friday at Duluth East High School. According to the criminal complaint, 35-year-old Travis John Anthony Warner Busch was in the cafeteria at Duluth East High School supervising an individual as part of his work…

Police Dog Stabbed During Encounter With Suspect in Green Bay

A Green Bay police dog has been stabbed during an encounter with a suspect.

GREEN BAY, Wis.-A Green Bay police dog has been stabbed during an encounter with a suspect. Officers responded to a call about a man with a gun Sunday around 8 p.m. Police say they surrounded a house and the man came out. The police dog Pyro bit the man as officers attempted to arrest him and he stabbed the animal….

Trial Date Set in Duluth Murder Case

A trial date has been set for a suspect accused of shooting and killing a 31-year-old man in September on the 100 block of West First Street in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.-A trial date has been set for a suspect accused of shooting and killing a 31-year-old man in September on the 100 block of West First Street in Duluth. 26-year-old Jamal Jackson is set to go to trial Oct. 21 in the shooting death of 31-year-old Scott Pennington. Jackson is facing a second-degree murder charge in the case. If convicted,…

Duluth Police ask for Public’s Help Locating Person of Interest in Downtown Shooting

Anyone With Information is Encouraged to Report to 911

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in connection to Tuesday’s downtown shooting. Duluth police continue to investigate the shooting that happened around 11:20 p.m. on West Superior Street between 1st Avenue West and 2nd Avenue West. When officers arrived on scene a single victim was found with…

Police, FBI Trying to Verify Teen is boy Missing Since 2011

(Aurora Police Department via AP) CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities conducted DNA testing to try to determine Thursday whether a teenager found wandering in Kentucky is who he claims to be — an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago around the time his mother took her own life. The teenager told police in Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday that he had…

Complaint: Duluth Fire Chief’s Blood-Alcohol Level Almost 3 Times Legal Limit

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards has been formally charged with two counts of third-degree driving while impaired, and according to court records, he had a blood alcohol content almost three times the legal limit. The complaint filed in St. Louis County Court states Edwards was pulled over on March 30 at approximately 11:40 p.m. after a St….

Police Investigate Shooting In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. —  Duluth police are investigating a shooting in the heart of the city’s downtown that left one man with a gunshot wound to the face, according to authorities. The call came in about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a shooting on West Superior Street between 1st Avenue West and 2nd Avenue West. The crime scene tape…

More Details Promised in Deaths of Four at North Dakota Company

Police say the Killer is not Among the Dead

(Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) MANDAN, N.D. – Police in North Dakota are planning to release more information in the deaths of four people whose bodies were found Monday at a property management company in Mandan. Authorities called a midday news conference to discuss the slaying of three men and one woman whose bodies were found at RJR Maintenance…

Update: Four Killed in North Dakota Office Building

1/2 (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) Show Caption Hide Caption MANDAN, N.D. – North Dakota authorities say four people were found dead inside a property management company in Mandan and police are looking for a suspect. Mandan police say they have not yet identified the deceased but the…

Former Minnesota Principal Convicted of Theft, Stalking

HASTINGS, Minn. – A former Minnesota middle school principal has pleaded guilty to charges of stalking, identity theft and burglary. KARE-TV reports the crimes 51-year-old Christopher Jerome Endicott is charged with occurred over five years and involved five separate incidents. Dakota County prosecutors on Monday announced Endicott’s pleas. A judge ordered a psychological evaluation for the former Lakeville Middle School…

Jury Selection Begins in Former Minneapolis Officer’s Trial

Noor is Charged With Murder and Manslaughter

MINNEAPOLIS – Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Thirty-three-year-old Mohamed Noor is charged in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter. Potential jurors…

Body Discovered in Cloquet Identified

Cloquet Police Department identified body reported missing in February.

CLOQUET, Minn.- On Sunday the Cloquet Police Department received confirmation that a body discovered in Cloquet was that of Dakotah Jayde Abramowski. Abramowski, 21, was reported missing on February 18, 2019 by a family member. On March 29, 2019 officers responded to a call in the 700 block of Poplar Avenue of someone lying on the ground in a yard….

Two Individuals Arrested on Charges of Sex Trafficking

DULUTH, Minn. – After a year-and-a-half long investigation the Duluth Police Department Sex Crimes unit says they have arrested two individuals on charges of sex trafficking and racketeering. According to the Duluth Police Department 49-year-old Shuangyan Yang and 59-year-old Matthew Shykes were arrested on Thursday, March 21. Yang and Shykes are owners of the Shuangyan’s Spa along with Better Massage…

Patterson Pleads Guilty in Kidnapping of Jayme Closs

Patterson Wrote he Intends to Plead Guilty

  UPDATE: BARRON, Wis. -A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. A count of armed burglary was dropped. The intentional homicide counts carry a sentence of life in prison. Patterson admitted to kidnapping Jayme after…

1 Stabbed, 1 Arrested After Fight In Duluth’s East Hillside

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police arrested a 29-year-old woman Tuesday night after a fight that ended in a stabbing in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood. The call came in around 8:20 p.m. on the 600 block of East 6th Street. When officers arrived on scene, a 25-year-old woman was found outside with “significant but not life-threatening injuries,” according to release by…

Counselor Pleads Not Guilty To Juvenile Sex Crimes

Mark Painter DULUTH, Minn. – A youth counselor has pleaded not guilty to all five counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against him involving juvenile boys at a Duluth residential treatment facility. Mark Painter, 29, of Hermantown is accused of sexually assaulting five boys under his watch at The Hills Youth and Family Services in Duluth. Court documents in St….

Patterson to Make Plea in Closs Case

Patterson is Expected to Plead Guilty

(Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File) BARRON, Wis. – The Wisconsin man charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to enter a formal plea on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. Jake Patterson, 21, wrote a letter to Minnesota television station earlier this month stating his plans to plead guilty…

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Gary New Duluth Manslaughter Case

A 35-year-old Hibbing man has plead not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting and killing of 35-year-old Kevin Weiss in December in Gary New Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.-A 35-year-old Hibbing man has plead not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting and killing of 35-year-old Kevin Weiss in December in Gary New Duluth. According to the criminal complaint, Brian Ross Shaw, knew the victim in the shooting with the defendant telling police that “he has known Mr. Weiss for many years and they grew up together.” Investigators…

Duluth Police Respond to Shooting Incident in East Hillside Neighborhood

The Incident Occured Shortly Before Noon Monday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police responded to the scene on Fifth Avenue East and 10th Street around noon today of reports of shots being fired from a vehicle at a home. A witnesses reported the suspect vehicle spotted was a newer black Chevy Impala with four occupants. Authorities are reporting no injuries occurred. “The believed victims were uncooperative but officers…

Suspect Arrested in Lincoln Park Home Robbery and Assault Case

Duluth police say a suspect is in custody for his alleged role in a home robbery and assault in Lincoln Park earlier this month.

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth police say a suspect is in custody for his alleged role in a home robbery and assault in Lincoln Park earlier this month. Authorities say officers were dispatched to the Public Safety Building lobby on North Arlington Avenue Friday at 5:45 p.m. where Christian Hamzah Coleman was waiting to turn himself in for multiple warrants stemming from his…

Officials: Mother Killed Herself, her 2 Children Were Killed

The Bodies Were Found Monday

OGEMA, Minn. – Authorities have identified the three people found dead in northwestern Minnesota as a mother and her two young children. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Wednesday said 28-year-old Emma LaRoque fatally shot herself at their home in rural Ogema in Becker County. The BCA says her children were homicide victims. They are identified as 4-year-old Frederick…

House Lawmakers Pass Hands-Free Driving Bill, on to Senate

State Highway Patrol in favor of law.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota House has approved a bill requiring drivers to use hands–free devices when talking on the phone. The House passed the bill 106 – 21 Monday night. Sponsors of the bill say the measure will help cut down on the rising level of distracted driving and save lives. Today the Minnesota State Highway Patrol told us that they’re…

Alleged Stabbing in Lincoln Park

Authorities are investigating.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police are investigating a stabbing in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Police were called to 28th Avenue West and 4th Street Sunday afternoon to a report of a person with a gun. When they arrived, instead they found a man with a stab wound that appeared to have been caused by a box cutter, and a second man…

Duluth Police Investigate Stabbing

No Arrests Have Been Made

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating a stabbing in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Police were called to 28th Avenue West and 4th Street Sunday afternoon to a report of a person with a gun. When officers arrived on scene they found a man with a stab wound that appeared to have been caused by a box cutter. Officers also…

$1M Bail set for man Charged With Killing Missing Girl’s mom

The Child's Body was Found Along a Minnesota Highway Friday

MILWAUKEE – Cash bond is set at $1 million for a 34-year-old man accused of killing a missing girl’s mother in Milwaukee. Dariaz Higgins appeared in court Sunday on charges including first-degree intentional homicide. Higgins is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Sierra Robinson and wounding another woman last week. Higgins is the father of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson. Authorities say a…

Milwaukee Police Need Nationwide Help in Missing Girl Search

Police Have Said Noelani may be in Minnesota

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee’s police chief says authorities are asking for help “from the entire nation” to find a missing 2-year-old girl after a man was arrested on suspicion of killing her mother. Chief Alfonso Morales says Dariaz Higgins has been providing police with information on the whereabouts of his daughter, Noelani Robinson, but it has “proven to be untrue.” Higgins…

Duluth Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Suspect in Home Robbery, Assault

This is an Ongoing Investigation

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect in the Wednesday morning home robbery and assault. According to police, the warrant is issued for 18-year old Christian Hamzah Coleman for three counts of first-degree aiding and abetting burglary, first-degree aiding and abetting criminal sexual conduct, aiding and abetting kidnapping, and four counts of aiding and…

Mass Shootings at New Zealand Mosques Kill 49; 1 man Charged

Police Also Defused Explosive Devices in a car

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Suspect Identified in Duluth Home Robbery and Assault Incident

Authorities are Seeking an Arrest Warrant

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department says they have identified a suspect in the assault and robbery incident that happened early Wednesday morning. Authorities are seeking an arrest warrant from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office. Officers responded to reports of a robbery at a residence on the 600 Block of Atlantic Avenue at approximately 5:15 a.m. Wednesday. When…

One Person Injured in Downtown Duluth Stabbing

One Person was Arrested for Assault

DULUTH, Minn. – One person was injured Thursday morning after being stabbed in downtown Duluth. According to the Duluth Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Sheraton Hotel at 12:40 a.m. on the report of a domestic incident. When officers arrived at the hotel they found one victim suffering from a stab wound in the arm. The victim was taken…