Crime

Duluth Police Investigate Two Weekend Shootings

Police Chief Mike Tusken: "...we have guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them..."

  DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police are searching for suspects in two shootings hours apart Saturday night, including one downtown that sent a person to the hospital — and according to Chief Mike Tusken, guns owned by people who shouldn’t are to blame. The first shooting happened downtown in the 100 block of E. # 3 alley around 7 p.m. where…

Mayor Emily Larson Responds After Duluth Firefighter Accused Of Assaulting Woman

"I share the community outrage at this behavior. It's horrifying and causes the public to question the character of our staff," said Mayor Larson.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is responding after a city firefighter is accused of assaulting a 65-year-old woman. The attack happened Friday morning during a dispute about the firefighter’s unleashed dogs while both were at the Traverse Trail near 84th Avenue. Authorities say Duluth firefighter Conrad Sunde, 48, a nearly 20-year veteran of the department, struck the victim…

Judge Issues Gag Order in Cases Against 4 Former Minneapolis Police Officers

(Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP) MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A Hennepin County judge presiding over the cases against the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd has issued a gag order after at least two of the attorneys talked to the media Wednesday. The order comes weeks after Judge Peter Cahill warned the attorneys and those connected to…

One Former Officer Charged in George Floyd Death Seeks Case Dismissal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for one of four Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking to have his client’s case dismissed, saying there isn’t probable cause to charge him based on all of the evidence in the case and the law. In court filings made public Wednesday, Thomas Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, painted an…

Duluth Police: Suspect Arrested in Connection to Tuesday Hit-and-Run Incident

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say they have located and arrested a suspect in connection to a Tuesday hit-and-run incident. Authorities say police were dispatched to the 200 Block of West 4th Street around 11:17 a.m. on reports of an assault. While responding to the call police learned that one…

Third Minneapolis Police Officer Charged in Death of George Floyd Released on Bail

MINNESOTA (A.P.)- A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd has been released from jail. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Tou Thao posted $750,000 bond on Saturday. All four officers on the scene of Floyd’s death have been fired and face criminal charges. Thao is scheduled to appear in court on September 11 on charges of…

Duluth Police Chief: Several Fourth of July Incidents Involving Guns

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police responded to three incidents involving guns on the Fourth of July, according to Chief Mike Tusken. In one incident, police responded to shots fired in Lincoln Park. Officers found the address where it happened, and negotiated with the suspect to surrender for over an hour. They took the suspect into custody, and also executed a…

Suspect Arrested After Multiple Vehicles Damaged in Duluth Hit-and-Run

DULUTH, Minn.-One suspect is in custody after a report of multiple vehicles being damaged in hit-and-runs in Duluth this morning, while police seek out an additional suspect. At about 9 a.m. police responded to the intersection of First Avenue West and Fourth Street. Upon their preliminary investigation, police say there was a hit-and-run at Second Avenue East and Third Street. The…

Walz Asks Trump for ‘Major Disaster’ Aid Following Unrest

Estimates of the total damage exceed $500 million.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has requested federal money to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” because of extensive damage to public infrastructure following the death of Floyd on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed…

Duluth Authorities Search for Suspected Naked Man in Sewers

DULUTH, Minn.– A suspected naked man led authorities on a search effort in the downtown Duluth sewer system Wednesday. The Duluth Fire Department got the call for help at 12:17 p.m. about a man who reportedly was crawling into a sewer near the DTA Transit Center at 3rd Avenue West. Multiple agencies responded, looking through pipes and manholes. A remote…

Trial Date Set for Former Minneapolis Officers Charged in George Floyd’s Death

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill has set the date for the first trial of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd as well as other deadlines in the case. The first trial will commence on March 8, 2021, at…

Former Hermantown Police Chief, Sons Among Injured In Hit-And-Run; Suspect Charged

Complaint: Suspect Rodney Scandin Jr. of Two Harbors drank two beers and got distracted before crash.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Two Harbors man was charged in St. Louis County Court Tuesday after a hit-and-run in Midway Township Friday that seriously injured five people — one of them critically. Suspect Rodney Scandin Rodney Scandin Jr., 35, of Two Harbors is charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor, including Criminal Vehicular Operation leading to bodily harm while also leaving…

Two Harbors Man Charged With Hit-and-Run

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A Two Harbors man has been charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor stemming from a Friday hit-and-run accident at an intersection in Midway Township. 35-year-old Rodney Drake Scandin, Jr. is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm – driver who causes collision leaves scene, three counts of criminal vehicular operation…

Fireworks Disturbances Creating Need To Warn About The Dangers

Duluth Police officers have answered nearly one hundred fireworks-related calls since June 1st.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeing an uptick in calls for fireworks disturbances. As those calls increase, the Duluth Fire Department is looking to remind fireworks users about the potential dangers and the importance of safety. As the Fourth of July inches closer, the use of illegal fireworks around Duluth has increased drastically compared to the same…

Judge Warns of Possible Move of Trial in George Floyd Death

(Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Monday warned that he’s likely to move the trials of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death out of Minneapolis if public officials and attorneys don’t stop talking about the case. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill stopped short of issuing a gag order on attorneys, but…

Four Ex-Officers due Back in Court in George Floyd’s Death

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are due in court Monday for a hearing that could deal with bail amounts and other issues. It’s the second pretrial hearing for the men, who were fired after Floyd’s May 25…

Suspect in Midway Road Hit and Run Turns Himself in to St. Louis County Authorities

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn.- The suspect in a hit and run on Midway Road Friday, which has left one victim in critical condition, has turned themselves into the St. Louis County Sheriff Department after authorities had asked for public assistance in locating the suspect. While investigating credible tips that the suspect’s vehicle was in the Alborn area, a 35-year-old man…

McGregor Man Charged With Attempted Murder

AITKIN, Minn. – A McGregor man has been charged with second-degree attempted murder after stabbing a man in the chest. According to the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to reports of a stabbing at a residence in Spalding Township on Thursday. When deputies arrived on the scene they learned that 49-year-old Clifford Monroe Skinaway Jr. had stabbed a male…

Hibbing Elementary Teacher Charged With Sending Nude Images to Juveniles

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department announced Friday that felony charges have been filed against a Lincoln Elementary School teacher for sending nude images to multiple juveniles. According to the criminal complaint, 27-year-old Jordan Michael Kochevar has been charged with four counts of distributing material via electronic communication that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child. Court records state that…

MN Trooper Charged After Taking Woman’s Phone, Sending Himself Nude Photos

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was charged with felony stalking for taking a woman’s cell phone and using it to send himself nude photos of her, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Albert Kuehne, 36, was charged with two counts of stalking with bias due to the fact the victim was a woman. According to the criminal complaint,…

1 Dead, 11 Wounded in Weekend Minneapolis Shooting

A nearby restaurant manager said the shooting broke out shortly after midnight on Saturday and included “a lot of shots” and what appeared to be groups of people shooting at each other.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police say one man is dead and 11 people are wounded following a shooting in a trendy nightlife area in Minneapolis. A nearby restaurant manager said the shooting broke out shortly after midnight on Saturday and included “a lot of shots” and what appeared to be groups of people shooting at each other. He described people fleeing…

Second Former MPD Officer Charged in Death of George Floyd Released on Bail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A second former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd is out of jail after posting bail. According to online records, 26-year-old J. Kueng, posted bail of $750,000 and was released from the Hennepin County Jail, with conditions, about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Kueng is charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter…

Level 3 Predatory Offender Relocates in Duluth

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say a level 3 predatory offender has moved to the West Duluth neighborhood earlier this month. According to the police, 47-year-old James Demetrius Redd has a history of sexual conduct and contact with known female teenagers. The conduct has included taking sexually explicit pictures of…

Overnight Fire Damages Garage in Superior

Although the fire was extinguished quickly, the garage and its contents are a total loss. 

Credit: Superior Fire Department SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, members of the Superior Fire Department responded to reports of a garage fire in the alley behind 1816 Ogden Avenue. The garage was fully engulfed when crews arrived. Although the fire was extinguished quickly, the garage and its contents are a total loss. Heat from the fire also…

Officer who Shot Rayshard Brooks Charged with Felony Murder

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction is going to be charged with felony murder and 10 other crimes. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard made the announcement about Garrett Rolfe during a news conference Wednesday. Howard said Rolfe kicked Brooks while…

MN Board Of Pardons Issues A Posthumous Pardon For A Wrongfully Convicted African American Man in 1920 Rape In Duluth

It's the first time Minnesota has granted this type of pardon.

DULUTH, Minn. – The State of Minnesota is making amends for wrongfully convicting a man of committing a rape in Duluth back in 1920. The board unanimously voted to award Max Mason a posthumous pardon. This comes as the 100th anniversary of the lynching of three African American men in Duluth. It’s the first time Minnesota has granted this type…

Minnesota Couple Charged With Murder

ANOKA, Minn. – The two suspects arrested Thursday afternoon in connection to the murder of a Makinen man have been formally charged. Authorities say 53-year-old J. Nicholas Cramer and 46-year-old Michelle L. Cramer have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old Frank Gerald Meyer. Meyer’s body was found in his garage on October 8, 209 by police…

St. Louis Co. Atty. Mark Rubin Supports Pardon Of Man Convicted In 1920 Duluth Rape Case Connected To Lynchings

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin says he is fully supportive of pardoning a now-dead former circus worker Max Mason who was one of six black men accused of raping a woman in Duluth, which ultimately lead to three historic lynchings downtown of Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton. On Friday, the Minnesota Board of Pardons…

Two Arrested in Anoka in Connection to Makinen Murder

ANOKA, Minn. — Two suspects were arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the death of a Makinen man. FOX21 cannot name the suspects at this time because they have not been formally charged. St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office investigators and special agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested a 53-year-old man and…

Duluth Police Chief Releases Video Of Recent Use-Of-Force Arrest

"The force used in this incident is consistent with the Duluth Police Department’s policies and training."

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken is addressing a use-of-force arrest that was captured on video Tuesday and shared on social media. The 28-year-old suspect in the video was wanted on felony warrants for domestic assault in Cloquet and Carlton County. Chief Tusken says officers approached the man and asked him to stop before he ran from police….

Bond Raised to $1M for Officer Charged in Floyd’s Death

UPDATE: (Fox 9) – The judge set Chauvin’s bail at $1.25 million with no conditions and $1 million with conditions that include no police or law enforcement work, no firearms, and no contact with Floyd’s family. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Monday set $1 million bail for an ex-Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death….

Officer Charged in Floyd’s Death has 1st Court Appearance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Derek Chauvin, 44, is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after the white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes…

Judge: $750K Bail for Three Ex-Officers Accused in Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge set bail at $750,000 apiece Thursday for three fired Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the killing of George Floyd, as a memorial service took place just blocks away. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng made their first appearances in Hennepin County District Court as friends, relatives and celebrities gathered to memorialize…

3 of 4 Charged Minneapolis Police Officers to Make First Court Appearances

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Three Minneapolis Police officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd will go before a judge for their first court appearances Thursday afternoon. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao will go before the judge at 12:45 p.m. for their first appearances since being taken into custody Wednesday. The three men were charged with aiding…

Veteran Cloquet Officer Named New Police Chief

After serving many roles including Commander and Interim Police Chief, Derek Randall is the new top cop.

CLOQUET, Minn.-. The Cloquet Police Department now has a new Police Chief. After a nine month search interviewing candidates from across the country, it is the former Commander and Interim Chief Derek Randall who is shedding the “interim” from his title and stepping into the top role. “It’s a breath of relief for sure,” Randall said. Cloquet City Council voted…

Prosecutors Charge Three More Officers in George Floyd’s Death

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As Duluth Curfew Ends, Police Chief Says “We Have to Find Equality for Everyone” Going Forward

Less arrests were made during a more peaceful Sunday night, leading Mayor Larson to lift the curfew.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city-wide curfew has been lifted in Duluth since Saturday night’s protest that turned violent in Lincoln Park– and that lift, said Mayor Emily Larson, is largely because people voluntarily complied Sunday night. “Because last night went so well, because the community stepped up and provided the kinds of support many of us have needed to feel, we…

Family Autopsy: Floyd Asphyxiated by Sustained Pressure

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes and ignored his cries of distress, the family’s attorneys said Monday. The autopsy by a doctor who also examined Eric Garner’s body found the…

Minnesota Attorney General to Lead Prosecution in Floyd Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says the state’s attorney general will take the lead in any prosecutions in the death of George Floyd. Walz said he decided Attorney General Keith Ellison needs to lead the case. He made the announcement about an hour after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that he had asked for Ellison’s help. Minneapolis…

One Protester Arrested, Car Set on Fire During Protest on Central Entrance Saturday

Car fire was ruled an arson, no arrest made yet.

DULUTH, Minn.- At times Saturday night, Duluth Police said it became difficult to respond to incidents of concern– even with about 100 officers out when normally around 20 patrol at night– because some protesters got in cars to head up Central Entrance at one point. A long line of protesters blocked traffic on both sides of the street, eventually stopping…

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Vandalized During Protests; Duluth NAACP Pres. Reacts

"They're frustrated so they need an outlet, so let's make better outlets for them," said NAACP Pres. Stephan Witherspoon.

DULUTH, Minn.-Clean-up began Sunday morning for one of Duluth’s most treasured memorials, the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on East First Street. An anti-police message was spray-painted on the brick floor of the memorial during protests on Saturday. “I was hurt. I was hurt that we have to see that,” said Stephan Witherspoon, Co-Chair of the Memorial Board. The statues of…

Duluth PD Makes 11 Arrests During Saturday Night Protest; 9 p.m. Curfew Still in Effect Sunday

Police say they expect a peaceful Sunday evening; they will seek voluntary compliance for those out past curfew.

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Duluth Police Department, 11 people were arrested during the protest between 2:45 Saturday afternoon and 4:16 a.m. Sunday. Four arrests were of juveniles which consisted of Unlawful Assembly, Felony 3rd Degree Riot, Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, Damage to Property, Unlawful Assembly, and warrant arrests. Additionally, so far eight reports of property damage are listed: from spray…

Minneapolis Police Station Torched Overnight Amid George Floyd Protest

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Spoke Around 2:00 a.m. Friday Morning

AP Photo John Minchillo MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled…

FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office Making George Floyd Death Investigation a ‘Top Priority’

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office say they are making their investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody a top priority. The two organizations released a joint statement Thursday morning saying, “The Department of Justice has made the investigation a top priority and assigned experienced prosecutors and FBI criminal investigators to the matter.” Minneapolis Police…