Crime

UPDATE: Teen Arrested After Two Stabbed in Mountain Iron Bar Fight

They were transported to the Virginia Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. 

MT. IRON, Minn.- A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the midnight bar fight that left two victims with stab wounds on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The teen was arrested at his home in Virginia hours later, around 9:30 a.m., and booked into jail on preliminary charges of second-degree assault. FOX21 cannot name…

Two Duluth Men Arrested, 52g of Heroin/Fentanyl Seized in Ongoing Drug Investigation

Investigators also seized $1,685 in cash, drug packaging, and other evidence of drug sales. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A 33-year-old and 29-year-old, both from Duluth, were arrested in a home in Central Hillside by Duluth Police Officers and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force (LSDVCTF), as part of an ongoing drug investigation. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department, around 1:42 p.m. Friday, the Task Force executed a search warrant of…

Babbitt Police Officer Uses Taser to Help Arrest Suspect who Allegedly Rammed Into, Fled St. Louis County Deputy

The Deputy was still in the car when the suspect allegedly rammed into him. Law Enforcement said he later headbutted the Babbitt officer.

KUGLER TWP, Minn.- A 47-year-old man was arrested Friday using “less lethal” tactics after an alleged vehicle chase and violent encounter with a Babbitt Police Officer and St. Louis County Deputy, which left them both injured. According to a spokesperson with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the Deputy tried to perform a traffic stop on Wahlsten road for suspicious…

Wisconsin Dad Wants Cop Charged For Restraint Of Daughter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin father is demanding that prosecutors charge an off-duty police officer who appears to have briefly pressed his knee into his 12-year-old daughter’s neck similar to how Derek Chauvin restrained George Floyd. Surveillance video appears to show off-duty Kenosha Police Officer Shawn Guetschow press his knee into Jerrel Perez’s daughter’s neck for about 25 seconds…

Video Shows Cop Kneeling on Wisconsin Student’s Neck While Breaking Up Fight

The girl’s father has called for criminal charges against the officer for using a type of restraint that was banned for Wisconsin law enforcement officers last year.

KENOSHA, Wis. – School officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, released surveillance footage that shows an off-duty police officer putting his knee on a 12-year-old girl’s neck to restrain her amid a lunchtime fight. The Kenosha Unified School District released redacted footage of the March 4 fight on Friday. It shows Kenosha officer Shawn Guetschow intervening in the fight and then scuffling…

Cloquet Police Investigating Shooting Threat Made to Cloquet Middle School

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Cloquet Police Department is currently investigating emails threatening a shooting at the Cloquet Middle School. According to a spokesperson with the department on Wednesday, 2 staff members reported getting emails indicating the school was targeted for a possible school shooting on Thursday. Officers immediately began investigating the source of the threat. As of Friday the spokesperson said,…

Esko Schools Evacuated Over Anonymous Call Of A Bomb Threat

UPDATE – ESKO, Minn. –The evacuation on Thursday afternoon at Esko Public Schools was due to a bomb threat that was made by an anonymous caller, according to the school administration. The school district says that Carlton County 911 dispatchers received a call from an unknown person claiming that an explosive device was spotted inside one of the high school’s…

Duluth Police Using Federal Funding to Add Text Updates for 911 Calls, Better Identify Crime Hotspots

DULUTH, Minn. – New federal funding will help the Duluth Police Department improve their customer service.   Chief Mike Tusken says the $750,000 will focus on adding or upgrading technology within the department that will focus on three initiatives. One of them regards SPIDR Tech, a program that gives people who make a call to 911 progress updates on their case through…

15-Year-Old Duluth Boy Charged in Fatal Stabbing of 19-Year-Old Female Family Member

DULUTH, Minn. — A 15-year-old boy has been formally charged as a juvenile with second-degree homicide for fatally stabbing a 19-year-old woman who was a family member last Friday night in Duluth. The stabbing happened on the 1700 block of East Superior Street. The victim has now been identified Karimah Phuly. Duluth police officers initially responded to a disturbance call…

Minneapolis Revises Policy on Warrants After Locke Killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says the city is changing policy for search warrants following the police shooting of a Black man in a downtown apartment so that officers must knock and wait a certain length of time before entering a residence. Police would have to wait 20 seconds before entering a residence while serving a daytime warrant,…

Snapshots Of 4 Men Charged In Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — After more than two days of testimony, jurors have unflattering snapshots of four men who are charged with planning to strike back against government by kidnapping Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her weekend home. Prosecutors introduced videos, messages and secretly recorded conversations full of antigovernment screeds, mostly expressed by Barry Croft Jr. and Adam Fox, who are described…

Evers Authorizes Pay Raises for Wisconsin Prison Workers

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is giving prison workers a temporary pay raise. The governor announced Friday that prison guards, psychiatrists and supervisors will be getting a $3-an-hour raise beginning Sunday. The governor said the corrections system faces high vacancy rates and the pay increase will help retain and attract workers….

14-Year-Old Duluth Boy Arrested, Accused of Murdering 19-Year-Old Female Family Member

The juvenile male was lodged at Arrowhead Juvenile Center for 2nd Degree Murder and is awaiting formal charges.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police Officers arrested a 14-year-old boy Friday on 2nd degree murder charges after his female family member was discovered dead at a residence in the Endion neighborhood. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department, around 6:42 p.m. Friday officers responded to a disturbance call on the 1700 Bock of East Superior Street, where an adult…

Jussie Smollett Sentenced To 150 Days In Jail In Fake Attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett maintained his innocence during his sentencing hearing Thursday after a judge sentenced the former “Empire” actor to 150 days in jail for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he orchestrated himself. Cook County Judge James Linn sentenced Smollett to 30 months of felony probation, including 150 days in the county jail….

Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Jussie Smollett Conviction

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has denied a motion to dismiss the conviction of actor Jussie Smollett for lying to Chicago police about a racist and homophobic attack he staged himself. Cook County Judge James Linn on Thursday upheld the jury’s verdict from December that found Smollett, who is Black and gay, guilty of five felony counts of disorderly conduct….

Cloquet Police Investigating ‘Suspicious Death’

CLOQUET, Minn. – Authorities in Cloquet say they are investigating the death of a woman that is being considered suspicious. The Cloquet Police Department, Fond du Lac Police Department, and Cloquet Fire District responded to a medical call on Thursday around 7:24 a.m. at 956 Trettel Lane. When officers arrived at the scene they found an unresponsive female. She was…

Duluth Stabbing Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

DULUTH, Minn. – A 35-year-old Duluth man arrested for stabbing a woman in the Kenwood neighborhood on Wednesday has now been formally charged. According to police, the suspect, identified as Anthony Holloway, is charged with second-degree attempted murder and child endangerment. “The Duluth Police Department continues to be dedicated and persistent in their victim-centered approach in these types of investigations,”…

Man Accused of Video Taping Hundreds of Victims in Athletic Clubs’ Locker Rooms

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man is accused of secretly videotaping hundreds of people inside locker rooms at Wisconsin Athletic Club locations. An arrest warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Peng Dong who is charged in Milwaukee County with 15 felonies which involve clubs in Wauwatosa and Glendale. He also faces a felony charge in Waukesha County involving the Wisconsin…

Justices Weigh if Trafficking Defense Applies to Homicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court is grappling with whether to allow a woman accused of killing a man to argue at trial that the homicide was justified because she was a sex trafficking victim. The case could help define how far immunity extends for trafficking victims across the country. Prosecutors allege Chrystul Kizer shot Randall Volar in…

Suspect Sought in Bank Robbery at National Bank of Commerce in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating an alleged bank robbery at the National Bank of Commerce on West Superior Street Monday afternoon. According to police, officers were dispatched to the bank around 3:30 p.m. for a call of a robbery. Police at the scene spoke with a bank employee who said a man entered the bank and demanded money…

Duluth Police: 20-Year-Old Arrested in Alleged Baseball Bat Assault in Central Hillside Friday

Investigators learned someone living at one of the apartments allegedly assaulted a resident of another apartment with a baseball bat. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A 20-year-old man is in jail after an assault with a baseball bat occurred in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood Friday. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department, at 3:15 p.m. Friday officers responded to an assault at an address in the 300 Block of North 2nd Avenue East. Investigators learned someone living at one of the…

3 Ex-cops Convicted of Rights Violations in Floyd Killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers have been convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care when Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the 46-year-old Black man was handcuffed and…

Jury Meets for 2nd Day in Trial of Cops in Floyd Killing

(Minneapolis Police Department via AP, File) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors resumed deliberations Thursday in the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights when he was pinned to the ground for 9 1/2 minutes as fellow Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck. Jurors met for about seven hours Wednesday,…

Duluth Man Charged in Connection to Three Armed Robberies

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, a Duluth man was formally charged with three armed robberies over two days in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood. According to court records, 26-year-old Austin Nichols is charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. The criminal complaint states officers responded to the first robbery around 6:39 p.m. on February 14 at the CVS Pharmacy on…

Jury Starts Deliberating 3 Ex-cops’ Case in Floyd Killing

(Cedric Hohnstadt via AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Jurors are deliberating in the federal trial of three fired Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao are charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care when Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes…

Jury Set To Get Case of 3 Officers Charged in Floyd Killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The jury hearing the case against three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights needs only to get instructions from the judge before starting deliberations. Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent a full day Tuesday in closing arguments that recapped a month of testimony and sought to sway the jury toward their…

New Enforcement Effort Leads to Arrest of Shooting Suspect

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A new targeted speeding enforcement effort on highways around downtown Minneapolis, troopers arrested a driver suspected of being involved in multiple shootings. The Minnesota State Patrol says it was one of several arrests Saturday night in the new 10-day initiative that started Valentine’s Day to crack down on speeding and criminal activity, particularly on Interstate 94 between…

DOJ: Superior Police Officer ‘Unknowingly’ Drove Over Person Lying In Road

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A state investigation is underway after a Superior police officer “unknowingly” drove over a person on Tower Avenue Saturday night who was lying in the road, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. According to a press release from the DOJ, the officer was responding to a call for an “injured subject in…

Two Arrested with 10g of Meth, 21 Doses of Clonazepam in Backus Residence

The 69-year-old woman and 32-year-old man are awaiting formal charges relating to Controlled Substance Possession.

BACKUS, Minn.- A 69-year-old woman and 32-year-old man from Backus were arrested Wednesday with several items of drug activity, paraphernalia, drug sales, and ammunition seized from their residence. According to Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, as part of an ongoing investigation into the sales and use of controlled substances, a search warrant was executed at the residence Wednesday. Among the…

Authorities Investigating Burnt Body, Pickup Truck in Saginaw

According to investigators, the vehicle was on the property belonging to the reporting party and the deceased. 

SAGINAW, Minn.- The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a vehicle fire in Brevator Township, and the burnt body discovered next to it. According to the Sheriff’s Office, around 11 p.m. Friday emergency responders were dispatched to the area of Highway 2 in Saginaw on a report of a pickup truck on fire with a burnt body next to…

Update: Armed Robbery Suspect Connected to Third Robbery on Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police say the 25-year-old arrested Tuesday for two armed robberies has now been connected to a third armed robbery at CVS Pharmacy on East Superior Street. The 25-year-old Duluth resident had been previously arrested in connection to two robberies at Walgreen on East Superior Street and Jimmy John’s in the Plaza Shopping Center. All three robberies…

Judge Sentences Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright to 2 Years

(Court TV via AP, Pool, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her handgun for her Taser when she fatally shot Daunte Wright was sentenced Friday to two years in prison, a penalty below state guidelines after the judge found mitigating factors warranted a lesser sentence. Kim Potter was convicted in December of…

Ex-cop Who Killed Daunte Wright To Learn Sentence

(Court TV via AP, Pool, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The former suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her handgun for her Taser when she killed Daunte Wright will be sentenced Friday for manslaughter. Kim Potter was convicted in December of both first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 killing of Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist. She’ll be…

Prosecutors Reduce Requested Sentence for Ex-cop Kim Potter

(Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota prosecutors have apparently backed away from their pursuit of a longer-than-usual sentence for the suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her handgun for her Taser when she killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist. Kim Potter is scheduled to be sentenced Friday following her December conviction of first-degree…

Duluth Man Arrested After 3 Armed Robberies In Two Days

Police are investigating if the suspect in Tuesday's two armed robberies also committed Monday's armed robbery.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Duluth police arrested a 25-year-old Duluth man Tuesday after two armed robberies near each other – one at Walgreens on East Superior Street and the other at the nearby Jimmy John’s in the Plaza Shopping Center. The arrest also comes just one day after an armed robbery at the CVS on East Superior Street. Duluth police believe…

Officer in George Floyd’s Killing Testifies About Training

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A former Minneapolis police officer on trial for allegedly violating George Floyd’s civil rights has testified about academy training that included handcuffing drills in which knees were used to restrain people. Tou Thao said Tuesday that using knees was not unusual during training. He’s charged along with J.  Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, who also…

Man Accused in Wisconsin Parade Deaths Pleads Not Guilty

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A Milwaukee man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he drove an SUV through a suburban Christmas parade is pleading not guilty to multiple criminal charges. Thirty-nine-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. entered the pleas Friday to 77 charges, including six counts of homicide and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. Last month, court Commissioner…

Man Accused of Killing 6 in Wisconsin Parade Due in Court

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A Milwaukee man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he drove an SUV through a suburban Christmas parade is due back in court. Thirty-nine-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. is expected to enter a plea Friday to 77 charges, including six counts of homicide and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. A Waukesha County Circuit…

Downtown Duluth Library Worker Assaulted, Highlights Years-Long Safety Concerns By Staff

Mayor Emily Larson's administration is expediting plans to create two "Library Safety Specialist" positions to tackle the problem better.

DULUTH, Minn. – Staff at Duluth’s downtown main library tell FOX 21’s Dan Hanger safety and security concerns are at a boiling point after a second employee was recently assaulted on the job.  This time, a punch to the face after the worker asked a patron to put on his mask. While physical violence at the downtown library has never…

School Bus Driver Shot in Minneapolis, Children Not Injured

(courtesy: Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities say a school bus driver was expected to survive after being shot in the head in Minneapolis while transporting young children. The driver was wounded Wednesday afternoon while on his or her bus route. City officials say three children younger than 10 were on board and were not physically hurt. The driver has…

1 Juror Dismissed From Federal Trial in George Floyd Killing

(Cedric Hohnstadt via AP, File) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The judge overseeing the federal trial of three former officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights has dismissed a juror because his son is ill. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson on Wednesday replaced the juror in the trial of  J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao with one…