Crime

Wisconsin Prosecutors Seek Rittenhouse Arrest, Higher Bond

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin prosecutors have asked a judge for a new arrest warrant for an Illinois teen charged with fatally shooting two people during an anti-police protest in Kenosha in August. Kyle Rittenhouse faces two counts of intentional homicide. He was arrested the day after the shootings but went free after he posted $2 million bail. Conservative groups…

Hayward Police Request Death Investigation by Wisconsin DCI

HAYWARD, Wis. – At the request of the Hayward Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating a death that occurred in the city of Hayward on Monday evening. According to a Wisconsin DOJ press release, the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Monday when Hayward police officers responded to a residence on reports…

Cloquet Man Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter Charges

CLOQUET, Minn. – A Cloquet man charged with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old last month in Brevator Township pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in court on Monday. According to reports, Joseph James Fohrenkam, 18, allegedly shot and killed Joseph James Peterson, 16, on the night of December 28 while drinking in his truck with friends and “waving a…

UPDATE: Man Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot, Not Officer Gunfire in Shooting in Saginaw Friday, BCA Says

Scott Michael Jordon, 34, of Duluth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

  SAGINAW, Minn.- According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension the man who died Friday during an officer-involved shooting incident in Saginaw died of a self-inflicted gunshot, not a gunshot by authorities, as the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office previously reported. A spokesperson with the BCA said the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as Scott Michael…

Car Thefts Continue To Jump During The Winter In Duluth

It believed people are leaving their keys in the car or leaving it running to warm up during chilly days.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are continuing to see an uptick in car thefts during the winter months. Authorities say certain habits during the winter can make people’s cars a target for car thieves. It believed people are leaving their keys in the car or leaving it running to warm up during chilly days. DPD says there are a few…

Prosecutors Appeal Ruling That Split Trials in Floyd’s Death

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota have appealed a judge’s ruling that split the trials of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death and kept the first trial scheduled to start in March. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled earlier in January that Derek Chauvin, the…

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents About Scams

It is recommended if you do not recognize a phone number, do not answer.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is sending a warning about a recent uptick in scam phone calls and email impacting northland residents. A handful of complaints have recently been made to the sheriff’s about the attempted scamming. Law enforcement believe the increase in calls and emails may be a result of stimulus money being…

Man Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Kidnap Michigan Governor

DETROIT (AP) — One of six men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Ty Garbin appeared in federal court in Grand Rapids, a few hours after prosecutors filed a plea agreement that’s loaded with details about the operation and his pledge to cooperate with investigators. The deal signed by Garbin…

Duluth Officer Charged In Shooting Wants Case Dismissed, County Attorney Disagrees

2015 photo on City of Rosemount’s website congratulating Officer Tyler Leibfried on his new job with the Duluth Police Department. DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin is opposing a Duluth police officer’s request to dismiss charges against him in a shooting that injured an unarmed man. Tyler Leibfried, 28, is facing two felony firearm charges, including one…

Judge Denies Request to Delay Cop’s Trial in Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge says he won’t reconsider his decision to hold a March trial for the former Minneapolis police officer who held his knee to George Floyd’s neck as the man said he couldn’t breathe. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled this month that Derek Chauvin will stand trial beginning March 8, as scheduled, and will be…

Barnum High School Basketball Coach Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct

BARNUM, Minn. – A Barnum High School girls basketball coach has been arrested and charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Andrew John Palmer, 33, of Moose Lake, was formally charged Thursday for engaging in sexual contact with a 17-year-old basketball player while he was her coach. According to the criminal complaint, one of the girl’s parents contacted…

Pharmacist Charged in Attempt to Ruin COVID-19 Vaccine

(Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine has been charged with attempted misdemeanor property damage. Online court records indicate Steven Brandenburg was charged Tuesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. He pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors have warned more serious charges could follow if tests show…

Wisconsin Teen Charged With Killing Infant Daughter in Woods

(Wisconsin Circuit Court Access/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) MONROE, Wis. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has admitted fatally shooting his newborn daughter and leaving her body inside a fallen tree in the woods in southern Wisconsin, according to prosecutors. Logan Kruckenburg-Anderson, of Albany, is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. He’s being held on…

Capitol Rioters Included Highly Trained Ex-Military and Cops

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 21 current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement have been identified as being at or near last week’s Capitol riot, with more than a dozen others under investigation. That’s what an Associated Press review of public records and social media found. In many cases, those who stormed the Capitol appeared to…

Authorities Investigating Lincoln Park Stabbing

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a stabbing in the Lincoln Park neighborhood Wednesday evening. According to reports, officers responded to the 200 block of South 27th Avenue West just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on reports of a woman who had been stabbed. When officers arrived on the scene they found a 33-year-old woman with non-life-threatening wounds. One suspect…

Ex.-Michigan Gov. Snyder Charged in Flint Water Crisis

(Paul Sancya/AP Photo) LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis. Residents’ tap water became tainted by lead. A legionella outbreak has been connected by experts to ruinous decisions that turned a river into the city’s water source in 2014-15. The indictment filed…

Pharmacist Accused of Spoiling Vaccine Has License Suspended

(Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP) MILWAUKEE (AP) — A state board has suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of ruining more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine because he thought it was unsafe. Steven Brandenburg was working at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee when he was arrested last month. The arrested followed…

Sheriff Litman Ready For Any Threat To St. Louis County Amid FBI’s Inauguration Warning

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman says he’s confident his office is prepared to handle any potential violence against county government buildings, amid an FBI warming of “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols before, during or even after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Litman told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger Wednesday that his deputies are on a “heightened…

Wisconsin Man Arrested After Being Part of Capitol Riot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who posted on Facebook that he was among those wanted for illegally entering the U.S. Capitol during last week’s riot has been arrested in Eau Claire and charged with a pair of misdemeanors in federal court. Kevin Daniel Loftus is scheduled to make an initial appearance Tuesday after being arrested for illegally entering…

Officer With Knee to George Floyd’s Neck to Be Tried Alone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who held his knee to the neck of George Floyd for several minutes will be tried separately from three other former officers accused of his death. Court documents filed Tuesday show Derek Chauvin will stand trial alone in March while the others will be tried together in the summer. The judge wrote…

Authorities: Four Arrested in Two Separate Pine River Drug Busts

PINE RIVER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says four individuals have been arrested in two separate Pine River drug busts over the last month. According to reports, Investigators executed a search warrant as a residence in Barclay Township on December 29 as a part of an ongoing drug investigation. During the search police located a large amount of…

No Immediate Ruling in Request to Delay Trial in Floyd Case

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge overseeing the case against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd says he will take under advisement a prosecution request to delay the trial due to COVID-19. The trial is currently scheduled for March 8, but prosecutors…

Suspect in Fond du Lac Shooting Charged With Manslaughter

CLOQUET, Minn. – The suspect arrested for the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Joseph James Peterson on December 28 on the Fond du Lac reservation has been formally charged. Authorities say 18-year-old Joseph James Fohrenkam has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. According to the criminal complaint, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fond du Lac Officers responded to reports of a…

Lawmakers Vow to Investigate Police After Capitol Breach

Rioters Overwhelmed the Complex and Sent Lawmakers Into Hiding

Rioters break TV equipment outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how police handled Wednesday’s violent breach at the Capitol. The Democratic chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, California congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, says the breach “raises grave security concerns” and that her committee will work with House and…

4 People Died as Violent Mob Stormed U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four people died as rioters violently occupied the U.S. Capitol. Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead on Wednesday included a woman who was shot by the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as three others who died in “medical emergencies.” Police said both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation…

UPDATE: Suspect in Fond du Lac Shooting Located, Arrested

CLOQUET, Minn. – Authorities say the suspect responsible for the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Joseph James Peterson on the Fond du Lac Reservation last week has been arrested. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Fohrenkam was located at an apartment complex on the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen County on Wednesday. Authorities say Fohrenkam’s mother, Littlefawn Fohrenkam,…

Two People Fatally Stabbed in Kenosha, One Arrested

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Two people were fatally stabbed in Kenosha early Wednesday and one person is in custody, according to police. About 4:20 a.m. officers responded to the stabbing scene, located about a mile north of where protests occurred hours earlier following a prosecutor’s decision against charging a white officer who shot a Black man in the back, partially…

Illinois Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Kenosha Protest Slayings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An Illinois teenager who fatally shot two people and wounded a third amidst sometimes violent summer protests on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, has pleaded not guilty to charges including intentional homicide. Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, entered his plea Tuesday in a brief hearing conducted by teleconference. Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who is white, left his home in…

Three Arrested in Tuesday Morning Central Hillside Drug Bust

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say three individuals were arrested during an early morning drug bust in the Central Hillside neighborhood. The Duluth Police Department Tactical Response Team conducted a high-risk search warrant in the 400 block of East 6th Street around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after they received information regarding drug dealing activity and the presence of firearms at a…

Two People Charged in Central Hillside Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say two people have been charged in connection to last week’s shooting in Central Hillside that left one victim in critical condition. Alexia Cutbank, 19, has been charged with first degree premeditated attempted murder and felon in possession of a firearm in connection to the shooting. Seneca Steeprock, 39, has been charged with first-degree aiding and…

Duluth Police Arrest Two Suspects Connected To Central Hillside Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police arrested two suspects on Thursday evening who they say are connected to the shooting that happened on Tuesday in the city’s Central Hillside neighborhood. The two suspects were arrested by the 600-block of West Superior Street at 6 p.m. FOX21 will not name the suspects until they have been charged. One is 19-years-old, and the…

Year In Review Part Four

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 Local News is taking a look back at the top stories that made headlines in 2020. Here are some of those stories from October, November and December. Categories: Community, Crime, Education, Minnesota, News Tags: Bentleyville, biden, crime, duluth, Election, shooting, Trump, year in review

Update: Victim Identified in Fond du Lac Shooting, Suspect on the Run

Joseph James Fohrenkam CLOQUET, Minn. – Authorities have released the identity of the 16-year-old victim fatally shot early Monday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph James Peterson, of Cloquet, was found deceased outside of a residence on Giiniw Road after deputies responded to reports of someone being shot around 1:19 a.m….

Superior Police Investigate Shooting Incident Inside Gas Station

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police are investigating a shooting incident at the Kwik Trip on Hammond Avenue. Police were dispatched to the gas station at 623 Hammond Avenue around 5:45 p.m. after a report of a “possible discharge of a firearm inside the store,” said Sgt. Marc Letendre, police information officer. The preliminary investigation indicates a single shot was fired…

Victim in Central Hillside Shooting Incident in Critical Condition, Police Seeking Public’s Help

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police say they are continuing to investigate Tuesday’s Central Hillside shooting incident that has left one person in critical condition. Authorities say they have determined that the shooting was not random and there is no danger to the public. Police are seeking the public’s help with information pertaining to the incident, specifically any footage from exterior…

Man Suspected of Abusing Wife Fatally Shot by Sister-in-Law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Bemidji woman is accused of fatally shooting her brother-in-law on Christmas Day at his home, allegedly for mistreating her sister. The Star Tribune reports Janelle L. Johnson was charged Tuesday with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the death of 48-year-old Jesse Farris at his house near Bemidji. Johnson remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail ahead…

Duluth Police Investigate 41st Shooting of 2020; Victim Shot Multiple Times

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police are investigating a shooting that injured a person in the Central Hillside neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. The shooting was reported around 2:40 p.m. in an apartment on the corner of Lake Avenue and West 4th Street. “Upon arrival officers located one victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, police information officer. The condition, age…

Authorities Search for Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Fond du Lac Teen, Issue Arrest Warrant

Joseph Fohrenkam FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. – Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a 16-year-old male on the Fond du Lac Reservation early Monday morning. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says they have not yet located the suspect, identified as Joseph James Fohrenkam, 18. According to…

Central Hillside Building Blocked Off By Duluth Police Tape

DULUTH, Minn. —  Duluth police released new details around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday involving a shooting that injured a person in the Central Hillside neighborhood. The shooting was reported around 2:40 p.m. in an apartment on the corner of Lake Avenue and West 4th Street. “Upon arrival officers located one victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, police information…

Wisconsin Prosecutors Add Curfew Charge Against Rittenhouse

(Antioch Police Department via AP) MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old Illinois teen accused of shooting three people during a protest in southeastern Wisconsin with violating curfew. Kyle Rittenhouse was charged in Kenosha County in August with multiple counts, including homicide, endangerment, and being a minor in possession of a firearm. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that prosecutors…

Authorities Investigating Death of 16-Year-Old on Fond du Lac Reservation

  FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. – Authorities say they are investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old male early Monday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation. According to police, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fond du Lac Police Officers responded to Giiniw Road on reports of someone being shot around 1:19 a.m. Monday. When authorities arrived on…

Lori Loughlin Released After Prison Term in College Scam

(AP) – “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has been released from prison after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. Loughlin was released Monday from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme….

US Officials: Suspect in Nashville Explosion Died in Blast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Federal authorities identified on Sunday the man they say is responsible for the Christmas Day bombing and said that he died in the explosion. Investigators used DNA to link the man, identified as Anthony Quinn Warner, to the blast. They said they believe no one else was involved. Federal officials now turn to explore the monumental task…

Wisconsin Drunken Driving Convictions, Related Offenses Down

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin Legislative Bureau report shows that yearly convictions for drunken driving and other related offenses dropped by nearly 18,000  between 2004 and 2018. The study also shows that alcohol-related fatal crashes have also declined in Wisconsin in the past 12 years, which mirrors a trend seen nationwide. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Wisconsin Department…

Federal Agents Search A Person’s Home As Part Of Nashville Explosion Investigation

Local police believe Friday's explosion was intentional.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Christmas morning explosion rocked the downtown area of Nashville, Tennessee. Several buildings were damaged as a result of the explosion. On Saturday, federal authorities searched a person’s home in Antioch, Tennessee as part of their investigation into the explosion. Local police believe Friday’s explosion was intentional. It’s being reported officers responded to the scene after receiving…