Crime

Two Charged in Woodland Home Invasion

1/2 Paulk Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Thorstenson Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The two suspects arrested in connection to a home invasion in the Woodland neighborhood Sunday have now been formally charged. Dallan Timothy Thorstenson, 23, and Martin Luther Paulk Jr., 26, both of South Carolina, have been charged with felony kidnapping, first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault,…

Bayfield Man Found Guilty of Murder

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – A Bayfield man accused of fatally shooting his uncle and injuring his cousin in 2018 has been found guilty of murder. James Montano, 34, was found guilty of premeditated first-degree murder, intentional second-degree murder, and attempted premeditated first-degree murder early Wednesday morning in a Carlton County courtroom. In April 2018 Montano shot and killed his Uncle…

1 Injured, 2 Arrested In Home Invasion, Robbery In Duluth’s Woodland Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating an apparent home invasion and robbery that injured a man. The call for help came in around 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the 200 block of St. Paul Avenue in the Woodland neighborhood. Two suspects were arrested and police were not searching for anyone else. Authorities say two BB guns, baseball bats, and marijuana…

Former Minnesota Probation Officer Accused of Luring Slain Real Estate Agent to Her Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who had worked as a probation officer is accused of luring a real estate agent to a Minnesota house before the agent was kidnapped and killed on New Year’s Eve, prosecutors alleged Friday. Elsa Segura, 28, of Fridley, was charged Friday in Hennepin County court with one count of kidnapping. Segura is accused of luring…

Parents Sue After Bemidji Students Sexually Exploited

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The parents of two students are suing the Bemidji school district, alleging it was negligent in allowing a former assistant principal to sexually exploit their children. Brandon Bjerknes, who was arrested in 2017, is serving a federal prison sentence for producing child pornography and coercing minors into sexual contact. A lawsuit by the parents of two of…

3 Suspected Opioid-Related Overdoses Of Inmates At Ashland County Jail

ASHLAND, Wis. — The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three suspected opioid-related overdoses of inmates at the Ashland County Jail. Two inmates experienced symptoms and were hospitalized Jan. 9.  Another inmate was hospitalized on Jan. 11. All three were eventually discharged from the hospital. Officials say the inmates were all housed in the same cell block.  It’s believed a…

Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Six Felony Burglaries

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man accused of burglarizing multiple businesses in the area in 2019 has pleaded guilty to six felony counts of burglary. According to court records, 25-year-old Kyle Michael Carl pleaded guilty to burglaries at the Woodland Car Wash, Carmody Irish Pub, Fitment Group, U.S. Bank, Duluth Cider, and Midtowne Manor. Before his arrest in October for…

Drunken Driver Who Killed 2 In Duluth In 2012 Charged With DWI — Again; Victims’ Family Speaks Out

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth family is outraged after learning the man who killed their teenage son and his grandmother in a drunken-driving crash in 2012 has been charged for driving while impaired — again. Hawk Edwards The suspect, 27-year-old Hawk Edwards of Superior posted $75,000 bail Tuesday after police say he was driving 55 mph in a 30 mph…

Accountant Charged With Stealing $235,000 From Duluth Chamber

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking legal action against their former accountant who is accused of allegedly stealing more than $235,000 from the organization. Court records show Jesse David Frye, 39, was charged with felony theft by swindle on Tuesday. The Chamber says they identified “discrepancies in the bookkeeping and payroll records” in their 2018…

Superior Man Convicted in Fatal Drunk-Driving Crash, Charged Again for DWI

DULUTH, Minn. – A Superior man previously sentenced to prison for a 2012 fatal drunk-driving crash has been charged for driving while impaired again. According to the criminal complaint, 27-year-old Hawk Edwards is facing two counts of first-degree driving while impaired. Edwards was pulled over by Duluth police on Sunday around 1:33 a.m. after authorities observed his vehicle going 55…

Shooting in Southern Minnesota Leaves Officer, Suspect Hurt

There's no Immediate Word on Their Conditions

(courtesy: Fox 9) WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A police officer in southern Minnesota was gravely injured when he was shot in the head while responding to a report of a suspicious person, officials said (AP Photo/Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) Tuesday. Officer Arik Matson, 32, was shot at about 8 p.m. Monday in Waseca, and was taken by air to…

Man Who Killed Duluth Woman, Grandson In Drunken Driving Crash Arrested Again For DWI

Hawk Edwards Completed His Prison Sentence, Probation In 2018 For Vehicular Homicide

DULUTH, Minn. – A drunken driver who killed a Duluth woman and her grandson in a 2012 crash has been arrested again on suspicion of driving while impaired. Hawk Edwards, 27, is accused of driving nearly twice the legal limit (0.13) around 1:30 Sunday morning. Duluth police say he was going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone. Everett Bergren…

Minnesota Man Killed Woman Who Honked at Him to Hurry Up

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in northern Minnesota accused a man of fatally shooting a woman who yelled at him to hurry up and honked her horn while waiting for him outside his home. Angelo Borreson, 56, was charged Friday with second-degree murder and second-degree assault in the death of 51-year-old Angela Wynne. Borreson told authorities Wynne drove to his…

Jury Selection Begins for Carlton County Murder Case

PROGRESS TOWNSHIP, Minn.  – Jury selection began today for the trial of a Bayfield man suspected of fatally shooting his uncle in April 2018. According to court records, 34-year-old James Montano allegedly shot and killed his Uncle, Andrew Gokee, and also grazed his cousin with a bullet. Montano is facing charges of first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree murder, first-degree premeditated attempted…

Duluth Man Charged in 2017 Overdose Death Arrested in California

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say they have located and arrested a Duluth man charged in connection to a 2017 fentanyl overdose death. Authorities say two Duluth investigators teamed up with detectives at the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office in California and arrested 20-year-old Deshaun Clay Robinson on Thursday. Robinson is facing charges of third-degree aid and abet murder for his…

Two Additional Suspects Charged in Virginia Assisted Living Armed Robbery

1/4 Brady-Lundin Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Champa Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Ross Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Koslucher Show Caption Hide Caption VIRGINIA, Minn. – Authorities say two additional suspects have been charged in the June 2019 armed robbery at an assisted living facility in Virginia. According to court documents, Virginia police responded to a 911 call shortly…

Madison Man Charged in Sister’s Fatal Christmas Eve Shooting

MADISON, Wis. – A Madison man is accused of fatally shooting his sister at her home on Christmas Eve. Fifty-seven-year-old Joseph Green is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 63-year-old Sheila Green of Madison. According to the complaint, after allegedly shooting his sister, Joseph Green went back to his apartment, dropped the gun in a trash bin,…

Suspect Arrested After Reported Assault, Kidnapping in Minnesota

WYOMING, Minn. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a Minnesota man accused of kidnapping his 6-month-old son from the boy’s mother after assaulting her. The infant was later found safe. Wyoming, Minnesota police on Friday apprehended 38-year-old Ben Tietz, along with help from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say Tietz is the father of the child but does not have…

$5,000 Reward for Information in Northern Minnesota Deadly Dog Stabbing

CASS LAKE, Minn. (FOX 9) – There is now a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for fatally stabbing a dog in northern Minnesota, according to the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department. On Dec. 6, police responded to a report of a dog bleeding from multiple injuries at the Allen’s Bay Housing area…

$1M Bail for Teen Charged in Wisconsin School Officer Attack

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Bail has been set at $1 million for a 16-year-old Wisconsin boy charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a school resource officer with a barbecue fork. Grant Fuhrman was charged as an adult Wednesday in last week’s attack on Oshkosh West High School Resource Officer Mike Wissink. Wissink shot and wounded Fuhrman during the attack…

Student Accused in Wisconsin Shooting ‘Tired of Being Picked on”

Smith is Due Back in Court on December 17

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin teenager who was shot by a police officer after he allegedly pointed a pellet gun at another student’s head says he was “tired of being picked on.” Eighteen-year-old Tyrone Smith was charged Monday with several counts, including second-degree recklessly endangering safety and dangerous weapons on school premises. Smith was 17 last week when authorities…

Arrest Warrant Issued for Duluth Man Charged in Overdose Death

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Duluth man charged in connection to a fentanyl overdose death in 2017. According to reports, Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to a residence on reports of an unresponsive male on December 4. When Deputies arrived they found a male, later identified as 33-year-old Samuel James O’Leary,…

Shooter Kills 2, Wounds Others, is Dead at Florida Navy Base

A Shooter Opened Fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola Friday Morning

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A shooter opened fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola Friday morning in an attack that left three people dead including the assailant. The gunfire prompted a massive law enforcement response to the base, which was locked down. The U.S. Navy tweeted that a second victim was dead. Area hospital representatives told The Associated Press…

Duluth Man Sentenced for Fatal West Duluth Hit-and-Run

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man charged with fatally striking and killing 30-year-old Peter Seppanen with his Jeep earlier this year, and then fleeing the scene, has been sentenced. According to court records, Stanley Brown, 30, was sentenced to 78 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminal vehicular homicide and second degree test refusal in October. Witnesses to the…

Minnesota Judge Finds ‘Miracle on Ice’ Star is Mentally Ill

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota judge has found that a former member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team is mentally ill and dangerous. The judge ruled Wednesday that 61-year-old Mark Pavelich should be committed to a secure treatment facility. Pavelich was charged after he allegedly beat a friend with a metal pole in August. His criminal…

Woman Sent to Prison for Selling Drugs at Wisconsin ‘Meth Farm’

BUTTERNUT, Wis. (AP) – A woman will spend more than five years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine from a rural property in northern Wisconsin known as the ‘meth farm.’ Investigators say 64-year-old Becky Peterson conspired with Mark Moore to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine at a farm near Butternut in Ashland County over the past several years….

Man Found Guilty of Fatal Downtown Shooting Sentenced

Jackson Was Sentenced to 367 Months in Prison

DULUTH, Minn. – The man charged with shooting and killing a Duluth man outside of a downtown bar in 2018 has been sentenced. Jamal Jackson, 27, was sentenced to 367 months in prison on Tuesday morning. 1/3 of the sentence will be suspended. Jackson was found guilty of second-degree intentional murder last month for the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Scott…

Northland Top Cops Talk Importance of Armored Vehicles to Face Active Shooters, Save Lives

Five Law Enforcement Agencies in the Northland Have Some Type of Armored Vehicle

From schools and workplaces to concerts and nightclubs, innocent lives are being taken away in America by heavily armed suspects in active shooter situations, which is why more law enforcement agencies across the country and right here in the Northland are investing in armored vehicles that can withstand the worst of the worst.  FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. The city…

Wisconsin Sees Uptick in Fatal Police Shootings in 2019

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin is ending the year with more fatal police shootings than last year. Data collected by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association shows police shot and killed 16 people this year. There were 13 fatal police shootings in 2018. Wisconsin Public Radio reported Monday that 11 of those killed this year were white, three were black and…

Two Men Charged With Felonies After Duluth Fentanyl Drug Bust

(Bowser | Hale) DULUTH, Minn. – Two men have been formally charged following their arrests in connection to the largest suspected fentanyl bust in Minnesota in 2019. According to court documents, Raymond Bowser, 35, has been charged with first degree aiding and abetting drugs and fleeing on foot. Denzel Hale, 29, has been charged with first degree sale of drugs….

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Cass Lake Homicide, 15-Year-Old Suspect Arrested

UPDATE: Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the victim has been identified as Brandon Morgan Jr, age 19, of Cass Lake. Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, a 15-year-old male has been taken into custody and formal charges are pending. The cause of death has been ruled homicide and the investigation is ongoing. ___________________ CASS LAKE, Minn.-Authorities in northern Minnesota…

Duluth Man Charged in Gary-New Duluth Stabbing

43-year-old Stuart Miller charged with second degree assault

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth  man has been charged with assault after allegedly stabbing another man Sunday morning in Gary-New Duluth. 43-year-old Stuart Miller faces a second degree assault charge after the incident. According to the criminal complaint, Miller and the 27-year-old victim were at Shotz Bar on Commonwealth Avenue around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Video surveillance shows a struggle…

First Duluth Man Charged From SAKI Grant Sentenced

Clark Was Found Guilty in June

DULUTH, Minn. – A man found guilty of criminal sexual conduct due to evidence collected in the Duluth Sexual Assault Kit Initiative has been sentenced. In a press release from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, Kenneth Keith Clark, 66, was sentenced to 144-months in prison after being found guilty of first degree criminal sexual conduct in June. Clark was…

One Arrested After Stabbing In Gary-New Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – One man was arrested and another was transported to a local hospital early Monday morning after a stabbing incident. Authorities responded to reports of a stabbing in the 1300 Block of Commonwealth Avenue around 1:45 a.m. According to Duluth police, when officers arrived on scene they found a 27-year-old male with a large stab wound to his…

Motive, Suspects Sought in California Shooting

Four Shooting Victims Have Died

(Larry Valenzuela/The Fresno Be via AP) FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – As police search for suspects and a motive in the killing of four people at a backyard party in Fresno, California, neighbors say they are scared because there have been other shootings in the same neighborhood recently. Choua Vang tells the Fresno Bee in a story published Monday that his…

Duluth Police Investigate Shooting In Lincoln Park

A Male Victim Suffered a Gunshot Wound to the Arm

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Duluth police are searching for a suspect in an overnight shooting in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Authorities say a 35-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his arm sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday. The man told officers he was shot at an apartment building that had been declared uninhabitable on the 1900 block of West Third…

Suspect in Fond du Lac Reservation Shooting Charged With Murder

His Next Court Appearance is Scheduled for December 3

  CLOQUET, Minn. – A Brevator Township man accused of fatally shooting his friend early Saturday morning at his home has been formally charged. Court records show 44-year-old Thomas Allen Micklewright has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 65-year-old James Arthur Couture. According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of…

Another Suspect in Iron Range Murder Sentenced

HIBBING, Minn. – Another suspect in the January murder of a 33-year-old Joshua LaValley has been sentenced. Anthony Howson, 21, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his role in the fatal shooting of LaValley. According to the criminal complaint, LaValley’s body was found on the Mesabi Trail in January…

Southern California High School Shooting, Three Confirmed Injuries

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) 9:40 a.m. – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells KNX radio the suspect in the Saugus High School shooting is in custody. The sheriff says the suspect is a student and was one of several people taken to a hospital after the Thursday morning shooting and is alive. Reports on the number of people injured…

Life Sentence for Ashland County Murder Suspect

Sweet Has Not Yet Been Sentenced

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – One of the two men involved in a 2017 Ashland County murder has been sentenced. 42-year-old Brian Nelis received a life sentence Wednesday after previously being found guilty of first degree murder in the stabbing death of 39-year-old Shane Cadotte. Cadotte’s body was found in a weedy area in the town of Sanborn in the fall…

Burnett Co. Animal Shelter Raising Funds for Abandoned, Starving Dogs

BURNETT CO., Wis. — The Humane Society of Burnett County  is raising funds for two dogs rescued from a home last Friday. According to the Humane Society, two dogs named Petey and Darla were locked inside a home and abandoned. Both dogs were starving. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society went to rescue the dogs by breaking…

Owner Arrested in Wisconsin Starving Dog Case

(courtesy: Facbook/Dunn County Sheriff’s Office) MENOMONIE, Wis. (FOX 9) – Authorities in western Wisconsin arrested a 29-year-old woman for animal mistreatment after dropping off a severely malnourished dog at an animal shelter, claiming it was a stray. When the woman surrendered the 2-year-old dog to the Dunn County Humane Society on Nov. 1, he weighed only 24 pounds. Shelter staff and…