Crime

Woman Accused of Hiding Overdose Victim in Crawlspace

The Woman has Been Charged With Four Felonies

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – A Sheboygan woman is accused of running a drug house and hiding the corpse of an overdose victim in a crawlspace, along with stealing his ID and debit card. Police acting on tips found the body of 30-year-old Matthew Mercure in Mullens’ apartment on Nov. 20. Andrea Mullens has since been charged with four felonies and one…

Pair of Grinches Responsible for $2,500 in Damages at Bentleyville

Vandals were caught on security camera

DULUTH, Minn. – The search is on for a pair of grinches that created $2,500 in damage at Bentleyville Tour of Lights. They were caught in the act on security cameras. On Tuesday night, a door to the food and toy area was broken into. Bentleyville officials though it was a one-time incident but the vandals were back on Wednesday…

King Sentenced to Life in UMD Student Murder Case

King was Sentenced on Thursday in Brainerd

DULUTH, Minn. – Noah King has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of UMD student William Grahek. Judge Mark Munger upheld the mandatory life sentence, with parole possible after 30 years, on Thursday for aiding and abetting first degree intentional murder while trying to commit a burglary. King was found guilty of aiding and abetting first degree…

Man Beaten At Duluth Transportation Center

While Found Unresponsive, Victim Only Suffered "Minor Scrapes And Bruises"

DULUTH, Minn. –  Duluth police are investigating after a man was punched and kicked in the head at the Duluth Transportation Center at 228 W. Michigan Street. The call was reported to police at 8:24 p.m. Monday. When police arrived, they found the man unresponsive before he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment, according police. The victim…

Superior Police Shooting Ruled Justified, Suspect Now Facing Charges

Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander Speaks About Investigation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After a thorough review, Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright concluded there will be no criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Joshua M. Farmer in October. Farmer was shot six times by three officers after claiming to have a firearm and threatening to shoot the officers, according to court documents. The report states…

Trial Begins in Brainerd for Suspect in UMD Student Murder Case

Davenport is Accused of Killing Grahek Last February

DULUTH, Minn. – Jury trial proceedings are expected to begin in Brainerd today for a 23-year-old suspect charged with first degree murder in the death of a UMD student last year. Deandre Davenport is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old William Grahek in February 2017. Davenport is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of intentional second-degree murder…

Duluth Police ask for Public’s Help Identifying Theft Suspect

Call the Duluth Police Department if you Have any Information

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a burglary suspect. A suspect caught on a home security camera is accused of taking multiple items on Thursday including a 2012 Volkswagen Passat with Wisconsin license plate number 634THP. The car may have some damage to it as it appears the suspect hit another…

Five Charged With Providing Alcohol to Teen in Fatal Fall

Morris was not a Student

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Beltrami County prosecutors say they’ve charged five people in connection with the death of a teen who fell to his death from the seventh floor of a Bemidji State University dormitory. The county attorney’s office says five men have been charged with two gross misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Nineteen-year-old Isaac Jon Morris,…

Names of Suspect, Officers Released in Bemidji Officer Involved Shooting

BEMIDJI, Minn. – New details have been released about an officer involved shooting in Bemidji on Wednesday. 34-year-old Andrew John May of Rice Lake has been identified as the suspect shot and killed by law enforcement. The two officers who discharged their firearms are Deputy Brandon Newhouse of the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Bidal Duran of the Bemidji…

Update: Names Released in Bemidji Officer Involved Shooting

The Officers Involved are on Standard Administrative Leave

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer and deputy who fatally shot an armed suspect following a struggle over a gun. Officer Bidal Duran with the Bemidji Police Department and Deputy Brandon Newhouse with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Officer are both on standard administrative leave following the incident. The deceased armed suspect has also been…

Man Arrested in Connection to Bena Homicide and Assault

The Death was Ruled Homicide due to Stab Wounds

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A 34-year-old Bena man has been arrested in connection with a November 28 homicide as well as a November 27 assault at a local bar. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive female at a residence in the City of Bena on Wednesday. When officers arrived on scene…

Charges: Man Shot to Scare Fawn, Killed Ex-Police Chief

Dodd is due in Court Friday

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Prosecutors have charged a hunter with manslaughter for fatally shooting a former police chief in a rural part of northwestern Minnesota. The Becker County Attorney’s office on Thursday charged 54-year-old Morris Silas Dodd Jr. of rural Ogema with one count of second-degree manslaughter. According to the complaint, Dodd acknowledged hunting in the area where 53-year-old former…

Suspect Fatally Shot by Officer, Deputy in Bemidji

The Officer and Deputy are on Standard Administrative Leave

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Authorities say law enforcement officers in northern Minnesota have fatally shot an armed suspect following a struggle over a gun. Police in Bemidji say the shooting happened Wednesday about 11 p.m. after an officer made a traffic stop and determined a passenger in the vehicle had a warrant for an arrest on an undisclosed allegation. A Beltrami…

Report: Deficiencies in how sexual assault cases are handled

A state task force studying how sexual assault cases are handled in Minnesota says there are serious shortcomings in the investigation and prosecution of the cases.

ST. PAUL, Minn.-A state task force studying how sexual assault cases are handled in Minnesota says there are serious shortcomings in the investigation and prosecution of the cases. A draft report recommending legislative reforms obtained by the Star Tribune says Minnesota suffers from “systemic and complex” deficiencies in how police and prosecutors process sexual assault cases. State Attorney General Lori…

More Details Emerge in Officer Involved Shooting in Virginia

Possible Hostage Situation Caused Police to Shoot Suspect

VIRGINIA, Minn.-State officials say one person has died after being shot by a law enforcement officer in northeastern Minnesota. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the shooting happened Tuesday in Virginia. Local police and St. Louis County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of suspicious activity and found someone in the street. The BCA hasn’t said what prompted an officer…

Man Accused of Threatening Teens with gun in McDonald’s Released

A Twitter Video About the Incident Viewed Widely Online

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – A man accused of threatening some teenagers with a gun inside a McDonald’s in Eden Prairie has been released from jail. Prosecutors say they’re still weighing possible charges against the 55-year-old Lloyd Edward Johnson who has been in the Hennepin County Jail since last week. A Somali teenager told the Star Tribune that she confronted a…

Man Shot, Wounded During Fight Outside St. Cloud House Party

Police Have not Found the Suspect

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Police in St. Cloud are looking for the suspect who shot and wounded a 34-year-old man during a fight outside a house party. Officers were sent to the shooting around 4 a.m. Sunday. Police say the victim was shot in the stomach and left before officers arrived. He was taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital…

Nicholson Sentenced in West Duluth Stabbing Case

Nicholson Stabbed a man in his Apartment More Than a Dozen Times

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man accused of breaking into another man’s apartment and stabbing him more than a dozen times has been sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for first-degree assault. In January, Willie Nicholson, 24, broke into the apartment of 20-year-old Benjamins VanDell to find a place to sleep and attacked VanDell with a knife after a phone…

Released Killer is Fugitive in Minnesota

He has Been a Fugitive Since Last Week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota corrections officials say they’re looking for a convicted killer who is on supervised release. The Department of Corrections says 40-year-old Joshua Hendrickson was released from the St. Cloud prison last year after serving about 18 years for fatally stabbing Christopher Nelson and injuring a second man. The stabbings happened at a house party in Halma. The…

Driver Crashes Into Gate at Minnesota Governor’s Residence

The Driver was Arrested Without Incident

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Police say a motorist accused of crashing his SUV through the front gate of the Minnesota governor’s residence in St. Paul has been jailed. State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank says nobody was injured in the incident around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Shank says the vehicle, driven by a 59-year-old Clinton Fouquette, of Center City, came to a…

Protesters Block Blatnik Bridge With Teepee

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Blatnik Bridge is open again after protesters blocked off traffic with a giant wooden teepee early Thursday morning. Superior police say the structure was put up in the middle of the Hammond Avenue entrance to the Blatnik. The sign read in a photo posted online said” “Thanksgiving = genocide” and “No pipelines, no borders.” The people…

Missing Wisconsin Girl’s Family Faces Painful Holiday Season

The Case Remains the Number one Priority

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin investigators looking for a 13-year-old girl missing since her parents’ slayings remain haunted by her disappearance more than a month after the search for her began. Detectives have pursued more than 2,300 tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and spent countless hours searching for Jayme Closs, but their efforts haven’t yielded any suspects. Investigators believe Jayme was…

Duluth Remembers Transgender Lives Lost

International Transgender Day of Remembrance Program Held

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth joined the nation in honoring lives lost in the transgender community. A crowd gathered downtown at the Minnesota Power Plaza on Tuesday night, as part of the 19th Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. They shared poems, words of encouragement, and raised awareness about violence that transgender and non-gender conforming people can face. “The connection that we…

Judge Finds Noah King Guilty in Murder of William Grahek

Judge Munger Reaches Verdict after Four Days

DULUTH, Minn.- Guilty. That’s the verdict for a man involved in the trial for the murder of 22-year-old UMD student William Grahek. 20-year-old Noah King will be sentenced for charges related to that crime, by the judge’s decision. The judge says King is guilty of aiding and abetting first degree intentional murder while trying to commit a burglary, and also…

Superior Police Involved in Shooting Return to Duty

The Investigation Remains An Open Case

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The three Superior police officers involved in the shooting of 19-year-old theft suspect, Joshua Farmer, have returned to work, according to Police Chief Nicholas Alexander. The Wisconsin Department of Justice provided a copy of its investigation to the Superior Police Department and Douglas County Attorney’s Office on Thursday. “I have reviewed the report from the DOJ and…

Former Priest Charged in Sawyer County for Sexual Assault of Child

Ericksen is Awaiting Extradition

SAWYER COUNTY – A  former Wisconsin priest currently residing in Minneapolis was taken into custody Friday on charges of sexual assault of a child in Sawyer County. The Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office charged 71-year-old Thomas E. Ericksen, formerly of Winter, Wisconsin with first degree sexual assault of a child, second degree sexual assault-against child and second degree sexual assault…

Noah King Found Guilty on Murder Charges

No Sentencing has Been set at This Time

DULUTH, Minn. – A St. Louis County Judge has found Noah King, 21, guilty of aiding and abetting first degree intentional murder while trying to commit a burglary and guilty of aiding and abetting second degree murder intentional without premeditation. The verdict was announced on Tuesday morning by Judge Mark Munger five days after hearing closing arguments and aiding and…

Suspect Dead, Four Critically Injured After Hospital Shooting

Authorities Continue to Investigate the Incident

CHICAGO – Police say the suspected gunman is dead and four people are in critical condition following a shooting at a Chicago hospital. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says a police officer and at least one hospital employee are among those hospitalized in critical condition following the Monday afternoon shooting at Mercy Hospital. Guglielmi says the gunman was killed, but…

Man who Strangled Wife, Killed his two Girls Sentenced to Life

Watts Will Have no Chance at Parole

?????????????????????????????????????????DENVER – Prosecutors say a Colorado man strangled his pregnant wife and smothered their two young daughters. Christopher Watts received three consecutive life sentences without a chance at parole on Monday, nearly two weeks after pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty. Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke’s comments on how Watts killed his family are the first time authorities…

Bake Sale Raises Money for Child Abuse Victims

First Witness Child Advocacy Center Hosts Bake Sale at Holiday Center

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth organization sold some sweet treats today, to benefit victims of child abuse. First Witness Child Advocacy Center sold baked goods donated by their board of directors and their friends and family at the Holiday Center. Organizers say, the sale’s impact is far-reaching. “Spreading the word about First Witness, and how important it is to our community…

String of Daytime Burglaries Reported in Superior

Superior Police Asking Public To Help Solve the Crimes

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  Since November 1st a total of five break ins happened in Superior: one in the UWS area, one in South End, and a couple in Central Park. What has Superior Police baffled: these break–ins all happened in the daytime. After launching an investigation, they are also asking people to remain extra vigilant, for anything that seems out of…

Judge Hears Closing Arguments in UMD Student Murder Case

Judge has Seven Days to Reach a Verdict

DULUTH, Minn. – Closing arguments were heard today in the UMD student murder case. Noah King and four other suspects have been charged in the shooting of 21-year-old UMD student William Grahek. King, 21, is charged with second degree murder, first degree attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of first degree murder with intent while committing a felony. King opted…

FBI Examining More Video in Search for Wisconsin Teen

Authorities Have Cleared Over 2,300 Tips

MILWAUKEE – The FBI is examining additional surveillance video taken from an expanded area around the Wisconsin home where a couple was shot and killed and their daughter was apparently abducted. Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs disappeared early on Oct. 15, when sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call found the door to her family’s home near Barron kicked in and her…

Pine County Sheriffs Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

Contact the Pine County Sheriff's Office With Information

HINCKLEY, Minn. – The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating an armed robbery suspect. Authorities responded to a report of a hold up alarm at the Hinckley Holiday Store on Fire Monument Road at 11:32 p.m. on Monday. The clerk told authorities the store has been robbed at gunpoint and described the suspect as…

West Duluth Dollar Tree Burglarized

Store Broken Into Sunday Morning

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth police are investigating after a business in West Duluth was burglarized. The crime happened around 8:30 Sunday morning at the Dollar Tree on Central Avenue. According to police, one or more burglars broke windows to gain access to the building. Police say roughly $5,000 worth of items was stolen. No arrests had been made as of late…

Barnes Man Found Guilty in Homicide Case

42-year-old Matthew Phillips convicted in connection with the February death of Marcus Holton

ASHLAND, Wis. – A Barnes man has been found guilty of first degree reckless homicide. 42-year-old Matthew Phillips was convicted Friday in Ashland County Circuit Court in connection with the February death of 52-year-old Marcus Holton of Ashland. Phillips was also found guilty of two counts of felony bail jumping. Another defendant, 39-year-old Jennifer Mustache of Ashland has also been…

Sheriff: 10-Year-old Says she Stomped Head of Baby in Panic

The Girl Appreared in Chippewa County Circuit Court on Monday

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. – A western Wisconsin sheriff says a 10-year-old girl charged with first-degree intentional homicide dropped a 6-month-old baby and, when the infant cried, she panicked and stomped on the child’s head. The girl appeared in restraints in Chippewa County Circuit Court for a bond hearing Monday. She is charged as an adult under Wisconsin law. Prosecutors say…

Court Trial Begins for Suspect in UMD Student Murder Case

DULUTH, Minn. – The scheduled court trial began Tuesday morning for 20-year-old Noah King. King and four other suspects have been charged in the shooting of 21-year-old UMD student William Grahek. King is charged with second degree murder, first degree attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of first degree murder with intent while committing a felony. King’s fate will now…

Michigan man Sentenced to Life for Neighbor’s Fatal Shooting

The Neighbor was Shot While Using a Snowblower

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the fatal shooting of a neighbor as she cleared snow near her home. WOOD-TV reports that 64-year-old Wendell Popejoy was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty last month of first-degree murder. Sheila Bonge was slain in December 2017 outside her Crockery Township…

10-Year-old Wisconsin Girl Detained in Infant’s Death

The Girls is in Juvenile Custody

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. – Authorities say a 10-year-old girl has been detained in the death of an infant in northwestern Wisconsin. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the girl is in juvenile custody. WQOW-TV reports that Kowalczyk said the sheriff’s department got a call on Tuesday from a caretaker at a day care in the town of Wheaton. The caller…

Cotton Man Arrested For Assault Of An Officer, Arson

COTTON, Minn. – A Cotton, Minn., man is under arrest and accused of arson and assaulting an officer. The crime happened around 1 p.m. Sunday at 4956 Comstock Lake Road in Cotton. The suspect is a 44-year-old male. He’s accused of starting a neighbor’s house on fire after an argument with his parents and before physically assaulting a responding St….

Authorities Scaling Back Ground Search for Missing Wisconsin Teen

Closs' Abduction Entering new Phase

BARRON, Wis. – The Barron County Sheriff’s Department announced on their Facebook page Thursday morning that they are transitioning the Emergency Operations Center from a 24/7 reactive operation to “a more deliberate and methodical effort to progress the investigation.” The Sheriff’s Office says this transition is due to a declining number of tips. To date, authorities have received over 2,100…

Synagogue suspect pleads not guilty as more funerals planned

Bowers was Issued a 44 Count Indictment

PITTSBURGH (AP) — With two more funerals set for Thursday, the anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal charges that could put him on death row. Robert Bowers, 46, was arraigned one day after a grand jury issued a 44-count indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing…

Man Charged With Burglarizing Home Where 2 Killed, Girl Gone

He is due in Court on November 7

BARRON, Wis. – Prosecutors have charged a man with burglarizing a Wisconsin home where a couple was killed and their 13-year-old daughter went missing, but authorities say he’s not a suspect in the case. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says 32-year-old Kyle Jaenke-Annis was arrested over the weekend at the home of James and Denise Closs. The couple was found…

Chisholm City Councilor Sentenced for Criminal Sexual Conduct

Scaia was Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail or NERCC

HIBBING, Minn. – Chisholm city councilor Kevin Scaia who was found guilty of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct earlier this year received his sentencing Monday morning. Scaia was sentenced to 30 days in jail or NERCC or 60 days sentence to serve. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised probation. In July, jurors concluded that Scaia did in fact…

November Court Trial set for Suspect in UMD Student Murder Case

The Trial is Scheduled for November 6

DULUTH, Minn. – A jury trial that was scheduled to begin today for a suspect in the death of a UMD student has now been moved to a court trial scheduled for next month. Noah King, 19, is charged with second degree murder, first degree attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of first degree murder with intent while committing a…

Harrowing Tales Emerge From Synagogue; Suspect due in Court

Statistics Show Anti-Semitism has Been on the Rise in the U.S.

PITTSBURGH – A rabbi who helped alert authorities to the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people says it was because of recent security training that he had a cellphone on him and was able to make the call. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he hadn’t always carried…