Crime

Trial Date Set for Hibbing Murder Suspect

HIBBING, Minn.-An August trial date has been set for an Iron Range man accused of a January murder. 18-year-old Deshon Bonnell plead not guilty to multiple felony counts today including first-degree murder. It’s in connection with the shooting death  of 33-year-old Joshua LaValley. LaValley’s body was found by a snowmobiler on the Mesabi Trail near Kerr on Jan. 6. He…

Northland Authorities Make Major Drug Bust Last Week

DULUTH, Minn.-A major drug bust was made last Friday, after multiple Northland agencies executed a search warrant on East Second Street. Law enforcement agencies executed the warrant at a residence on the 1300 block of East Second Street and during the search, investigators located cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, ecstasy pills, along with other evidence of drug sales. Additionally, investigators seized four…

Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Gets 12 Years in Prison for Fatally Shooting Unarmed 911 Caller

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-A Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder has been sentenced to a 12-year prison term for the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911. A Minnesota jury convicted Mohamed Noor in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia….

Cloquet Area Firefighter Resigns After FOX 21’s Report on Sexual Assault Allegations

CLOQUET, Minn. – We have a follow-up to a story FOX 21’s Nikki Davidson brought you Wednesday night involving a Northland first responder who was accused but never charged in St. Louis County and Carlton County of two separate cases of sexual assault, which in one case involved a 16-year-old girl. Thursday at 6 a.m., that 29-year-old first responder with…

Bail set for Duluth man Charged in Fatally Stabbing Wife

DULUTH, Minn. – Bail has been set at $750,000 for Ryan Jazdzewski, 40, who was charged on Tuesday with second-degree murder after admitting to fatally stabbing his wife in their home on Sunday. According to the criminal complaint, the stabbing happened Sunday evening in the Chester Park Neighborhood after Jazdzewski’s wife, Nicole, asked him for a divorce. Duluth Police were…

Duluth Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of Wife

DULUTH, Minn. – Disturbing new details are emerging about a violent stabbing in Duluth. Ryan Richard Jazdzewski, 40, is now charged with second-degree murder after admitting to stabbing his wife 10-12 times on Sunday at home on Chester Park Drive, according to the criminal complaint. He told police he stabbed his wife Nicole, 41, after they had been in a…

Charges Filed Against Suspect in East Hillside Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police have officially charged the suspect arrested in connection to the shooting incident on Sunday in the East Hillside Neighborhood. Christopher Eugene Jamar Davis, 20, was charged on Tuesday with second degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm and first degree aggravated witness tampering. According to the criminal complaint, Davis and a female acquaintance went…

22-Year Sentence in Fatal Reservation Shooting

Whitefeather Pleaded Guilty to Second-Degree Murder

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) – A teenager has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing a man he mistook for a rival gang member on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Eighteen-year-old Michael Whitefeather pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December for the fatal shooting of Anthony Wells in April 2018. A federal criminal complaint says Whitefeather and other…

Update: Duluth man Charged With Second Degree Murder in Stabbing Death of Wife

Jazdzewski Charged in Domestic Violence Homicide

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man has been charged with second degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife on Sunday evening in the Chester Park neighborhood. According to the criminal complaint, 40-year-old Ryan Jazdzewski told authorities he and his wife got into a “horrible fight” and he “lost it” stabbing her approximately 10-12 times in the torso in…

Duluth Authorities Make ‘Historic’ Drug Bust

Police and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force make largest seizure in city's history.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force are hot off a massive drug bust, that’s being called the largest in the city’s history. After a two-month long investigation, two suspects–39-year-old Otis Weaver of St. Paul and 36-year-old Eric Black–are behind bars. Eric Black recently moved to Duluth from Chicago, where he…

Police: Husband Arrested After Wife Is Stabbed To Death in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating the city’s second homicide of 2019 after a woman was stabbed to death by her husband in the Chester Park neighborhood Sunday evening, according to police. Officers responded to the 800 block of Chester Park Drive around 8:23 p.m. Sunday following a call from a child that their parents were fighting, according to…

Update: Duluth Police Arrest man in Connection to East Hillside Shooting

The Suspect is Lodged at St. Louis County Jail

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police have identified a suspect in the Sunday East Hillside Neighborhood shooting. According to authorities, a 20-year-old male was arrested in connection to the shooting that happened on the 600 block of East Fourth Street. Police say an argument took place between the 42-year-old male victim and suspect over an alleged stolen vehicle which led to…

Two Arrested in Largest Heroin Seizure in History for Duluth Police

1/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Two individuals were arrested on Thursday following a drug bust by the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. According to…

Update: Mall of America Attacker Gets 19 Years in Prison

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A man who threw a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota has been sentenced to 19 years in prison. Emmanuel Aranda showed little emotion and said almost nothing as he was sentenced Monday in Minneapolis. The 24-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the…

Man to be Sentenced for Throwing boy From Mall Balcony

Authorities Have not Released the Victim's Name

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A man who threw a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota faces 19 years in prison when he’s sentenced. Emmanuel Aranda is scheduled to be sentenced Monday before Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding. The 24-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April…

One Injured in East Hillside Shooting

Injuries not critical, victim and shooter know each other.

DULUTH, Minn,- Duluth Police are investigating a shooting in the East Hillside Neighborhood. Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon on the 600 block of East Fourth Street, Police arrived to find a forty-two year-old man with an injury to his ear and the surface of his head. His injuries are not critical. Authorities believe the shooter and the victim now each other,…

Updated: Missing Woman’s Body Discovered On Fond Du Lac Reservation

The body of a missing woman, Wahbinmigisi “Pennie” Robertson, 31, of the Fond du Lac Reservation, has been found, according to tribal spokeswoman Makayla Telfer. The body was discovered by a search party around 6 p.m. Saturday near a rural community within the Brookston District of the Fond du Lac Reservation. The Fond du Lac Police Department and the St. Louis County…

Duluth Police Investigate Shooting in East Hillside

Victim Suffered Non-Life Threatening Injuries

DULUTH, Minn. –  Duluth police were investigating a shooting in the East Hillside neighborhood that injured a man. The shooting was reported around 12:30 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex on the 600 block of East 4th Street. When police arrived, they located a 42-year-old man with non-life threatening injuries to the ear and surface of the head, according to…

Update: Pine County Shooting Suspect Found Dead

UPDATE: On May 30th Pine County deputies recovered a body in the Little Sand Creek west of the residence where the shooting took place.  The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The deceased has been identified as Allen W. Hasser, the suspect in the shooting incident.  A cause of death is pending and an updated…

Cloquet Police Seek Shooting Suspects

It is believed both the vehicles and occupants were leaving a funeral/wake service at the Brookston Community Center for a teenager who died Monday in Duluth. 

CLOQUET, Minn.-Last night around 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the Fond du Lac Gas & Grocery Store for a report of a person who had been shot inside their SUV. Officers learned the juvenile victim was a passenger in an SUV traveling south on Brevator Road when another car approached and fired something at their SUV, causing two windows to…

Cloquet man Sentenced to 86 Months for First Degree Assault on Infant

CLOQUET, Minn. – A Cloquet father has been convicted of first-degree assault and sentenced to 86 months in prison, after being accused of abusing his three-month old infant. St. Lukes Hospital reported to authorities in December that a three-month old infant had presented with injuries consistent with child abuse. According to reports the infant had a skull fracture, fractured arm…

Update: Driver in Fatal hit-and-run Crash Charged With Vehicular Homicide

DULUTH, Minn. – A 30-year-old Duluth man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in connection to the fatal hit-and-run crash in West Duluth on Tuesday. According to court records, Stanley Brown admitted during an interview with police to being the driver of the Jeep at the time it struck the motorcycle. Brown told authorities he had been drinking prior…

Narcan or Not? Law Enforcement Agencies Vary on Approach to Overdoses

While Donations and Grants Make Narcan Easily Accessible For Police, Some Choose Not to Use It

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The number of people dying from opioid overdose in the Northland is not slowing down. Five people died in the Duluth area in January alone, and across the bridge in Superior overdose calls are becoming more frequent – and often police officers are the first ones on scene. Now, even the smaller law enforcement agencies are now faced…

R. Kelly Charged With 11 new sex-Related Crimes in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious against him. Cook County prosecutors charged the Grammy award-winning singer with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two…

Suspect in Fatal Park Point Attack Pleads Guilty

Sentencing is Scheduled for June 17

Darrel Mayhew DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man accused of burglarizing, robbing and killing 70-year-old Park Point Larry Watczak in January pleaded guilty Thursday morning to second-degree murder without intent. Larry Watczak According to court records, charges of first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary were dropped in a plea agreement against 30-year-old Darrel Mayhew. Mayhew is accused of violently attacking…

Motorcyclist Killed After Hit-And-Run In West Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a hit-and-run accident in West Duluth that killed a 31-year-old driver of a motorcycle. The accident happened around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say the motorcycle was headed up 40th Avenue West “just below horseshoe bend” when it was struck by a car that apparently crossed over the center line. The “suspect vehicle” continued…

Teen Suspect in April Shooting Found Dead in Lincoln Park

Ausineese Aubin Dufault, 16, found dead with a gunshot wound Monday morning.

DULUTH, Minn.- A 16-year-old boy charged in an April shooting incident was found dead early Monday morning in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Duluth police discovered Ausineese Aubin Dufault dead from a gunshot wound inside a home while responding to a report of a gunshot in the 2100 block of West Third Street around 2:47 a.m. At last report from police…

Teen Suspect in April Shooting Found Dead in Lincoln Park

The Shooting Happened Around 2:47 a.m. Monday, May 27

DULUTH, Minn.- A 16-year-old boy charged in an April shooting incident was found dead early Monday morning in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Duluth police discovered Ausineese Aubin Dufault dead from a gunshot wound inside a home while responding to a report of a gunshot in the 2100 block of West Third Street around 2:47 a.m. At last report from police…

LIVE: Closs Family Wants max Sentences in Kidnapping

Sentencing Will Take Place Friday at 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Patterson gets life sentence for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents. BARRON, Wis. (AP) – Members of Jayme Closs’ family are asking a Wisconsin judge to sentence the man who kidnapped her and killed her parents to the maximum amount of time in prison. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and…

1 Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting in Ashland

ASHLAND, Wis. – One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Ashland. It happened sometime after 3 p.m. Wednesday on the 800 block of 4th Avenue West in the city limits. “The shooting is currently under investigation and it will be several hours until the crime scene is clear. Currently, there is no danger to the citizens of Ashland…

SPECIAL REPORT: Body Camera Video Shows Lives Saved By Narcan

Superior Police have Adminstered the Opioid-Reversal Drug More than 50 Times Since 2016

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – As Superior Police Officers continue to respond to several opioid overdose calls each month, we’re getting a closer look at the reality behind the opioid crisis. In a FOX 21 exclusive, Superior Police released body camera video of officers using Narcan to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. In the two videos released, officers respond…

Ashland Police Officer Accused of Auto Theft, Retired From Force

The Investigation is Ongoing

ASHLAND, Wis. – An 18-year veteran of the Ashland Police Department has retired from the force after being accused of stealing a vehicle in Ashland on April 28. According to the Ashland Police Department, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 100 Block of 7th Avenue East. That same morning the victim called police after locating…

Red Cross Holds Mass Casualty Incident Training at Duluth International Airport

Drills went through how to open up a Family Assistance Center during a Mass Casualty Incident.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s training they hope is never actually used. With summer right around the corner, concerts, festivals and other large crowded events carry the potential for an accident or active threat scenario. The Red Cross gathered law enforcement, fire and medical experts to evaluate how they’d assist people if something like that happened in the Northland. The goal of…

UPDATE: House Explodes In Superior; Police Investigating

Firefighters turn investigation to Superior Police, there is no threat to the public.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- Police are now investigating an explosion in Superior’s Billings Park neighborhood. Officials report that the incident was isolated and there is no threat to the public. The explosion was reported around 10:50 Sunday morning, in a small home on 22nd Street near Corning Avenue along the railyard. Mayo Ambulance was also called in. The smoke from the…

Man Claims Meth-Filled Backpack at Police Station, Arrested

He was Arrested for Drug Possession

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) – A man was arrested after authorities say he came to the police department to claim a methamphetamine-filled backpack he had left at a northeastern Wisconsin library. A staffer at Shawano County Library found the backpack Monday and turned it over to police. Prosecutors say there were three small bags of meth inside, along with a martial…

Hermantown Suspect Wore Bullet-Proof Vest During Officer-Involved Shooting

HERMANTOWN, Minn. –   The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified two officers who used deadly force during an officer-involved shooting May 4 in Hermantown.  Meanwhile, the investigation has revealed the suspect killed in the shooting – Timothy Russell Majchrzak, 37, of Hermantown — was wearing a bullet proof vest. St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Fralich – a 12-year veteran…

Hill City Officer-Involved Shooting Suspect Ruled Competent for Trial

A Hill City man  facing multiple charges including attempted second-degree murder, after an officer involved shooting and domestic assault incident in February in Itasca County, has been ruled competent to proceed in court after a mental health evaluation.

HILL CITY, Minn.-A Hill City man  facing multiple charges including attempted second-degree murder, after an officer involved shooting and domestic assault incident in February in Itasca County, has been ruled competent to proceed in court after a mental health evaluation. According to the criminal complaint officers with the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a domestic assault call on…

Hermantown Suspect Killed In Police Shootout ID’d

Police Department, Sheriff's Office Don't Have Body Cameras

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The suspect who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Hermantown Saturday has been identified as Timothy Russell Majchrzak, 37, of Hermantown, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner. He died of multiple gunshot wounds. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will provide additional information,  including the names of the deputies, after the initial interviews with people involved are…

Judge Rules Murder Suspect Cannot Have Mental Illness Defense

Sentencing is Scheduled for June 13

HIBBING, Minn. – A sixth district judge has ruled that a Grand Rapids man convicted of murder in the second-degree did not have mental illness or cognitive impairment to afford him a mental illness defense. Benjamin Lundquist was accused of stabbing and killing 54-year-old Joel Gangness of Hibbing in January of 2017 in an apartment there. Lundquist initially told police…

Mt. Iron man Charged With Attempted Murder

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A 23-year-old Mt. Iron man has been charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder while attempting to commit a drive-by shooting, according to court records. Dayton Joseph Konecny was arrested on April 29 in connection to the shooting that left a male victim with a gunshot wound to his right leg. According to the criminal complaint,…

Duluth Officer Shot On Duty Remembers Fallen K-9, Trains For Next Chapter With New K-9

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been four months since a suicidal domestic-assault suspect shot Duluth police officer Aaron Haller and fatally shot his K-9 partner Haas. Officer Aaron Haller and K-9 Haas People lined the street during Haas’ funeral procession, and they’d later pack the DECC for his memorial. As FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports, Aaron and his wife open up…

Moorhead man Involved in Standoff With Police Facing 6 Charges

An Attorney is not Listed for Fitzgerald

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say charges have been filed against a man involved in a nine-hour standoff with police at his Moorhead home. KFGO radio reports that 35-year-old Blake Fitzgerald is charged with six counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon, false imprisonment, domestic assault by strangulation and terroristic threats. Court documents say the incident began Tuesday when a…

Duluth Rally Remembers Missing, Murdered, and Trafficked Indigenous Women

Dozens gather in Canal Park to bring awareness to the issue.

DULUTH, Minn.- On this Mayday, members of the indigenous community in Duluth gathered in Canal Park to raise awareness about indigenous women who have gone missing, been murdered, or have been victims of human trafficking. Ralliers said they were obligated to come out and stand in the cold, rain, and wind. Because while it wasn’t easy, what the women in…

Superior Emergency Departments Practice Response to Mass Casualty Incident

Fire and Police Department, and Paramedics evaluated response to active shooter situation.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Fire Department and Police Department joined together for their third mass casualty training. Rather than practicing their response to an active shooter directly, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics worked on getting quick and precise care to those wounded after the shooter had been neutralized. With makeup and uniforms scattered across the Wessman Arena Gym, it may…

Juvenile Male Arrested in Connection to Lincoln Park Shooting Incident

Police Continue to Investigate the Incident

DULUTH, Minn. – A juvenile male has been arrested in connection to the April 23 shooting incident that occurred at the 2100 block of West 3rd Street. Authorities say the 16-year-old male was arrested in the area of 27th Avenue West and Michigan Street on Sunday around 7:35 p.m. The male is waiting to be formally charged on robbery and…

Final Suspect Sentenced in Murder of UMD Student

The final suspect in the 2017 murder of a UMD student was sentenced today.

DULUTH, Minn.-The final suspect in the 2017 murder of a UMD student was sentenced today. Twenty-eight–year–old Xavier Haywood was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison after being found guilty of  aiding an offender in the murder of William Grahek. Prosecutors say three men entered Grahek’s home looking to steal cash and drugs. When the plan went wrong Grahek was…

Hibbing Murder Suspect Found Competent to Stand Trial

HIBBING, Minn. – A suspect charged in the murder of an Aurora man in January has been found competent to stand trial after undergoing a psychological evaluation. Deshon Israel Bonnell, 18, is accused of shooting and killing 33-year-old Joshua Lavalley on January 6 in Hibbing. Lavalley’s body was found the same day by a snowmobiler on the Mesabi Trail near…