Crime

Resort Owners in Ely Accused of Illegally Catching Prized Bait

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three family members who run a northern Minnesota resort are accused of illegally catching and selling a prized baitfish which generated thousands of dollars in profits over the years. Robert LaTourell Jr., 50, Melinda LaTourell, and Melissa LaTourell, both 45, are charged with violating the Lacey Act, a law that bans illegal trafficking in wildlife. The U.S….

Ex-Cops Blame One Another, Seek Own Trials in Floyd’s Death

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) –Attorneys for four former Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd say that each client should get his own trial, as the officers try to diminish their roles in the Black man’s arrest by pointing fingers at one another. A hearing is scheduled for…

Former Hermantown Teacher, Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexual Misconduct

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A former Hermantown Middle School teacher and volleyball coach accused of sexually assaulting a student pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Madeleine Schmaltz, 29, of Saginaw, Minnesota is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old high school student while tutoring the student in her home last year. According to the criminal…

Bishop-Elect Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegation

A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to be made a bishop for a Minnesota diocese has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor surfaced before he could take up his post.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to be made a bishop for a Minnesota diocese has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor surfaced before he could take up his post. The Vatican announced without giving details on Monday that Francis had accepted the resignation of the Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy, who was…

Duluth Police Arrest 24-Year-Old Male in Friday Night Shooting, Victim Condition Unknown

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Duluth Police Department, on Friday night officers responded to a shooting in the area of the 200 Block of 70th Ave. W, adding to the 14 shootings in Duluth in the past two months that have resulted in injuries. Authorities say officers responded to a call at 10:25 p.m. Upon arrival they learned two males,…

Former Hermantown Teacher, Coach Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student

A former Hermantown Middle School science teacher and junior high volleyball coach is accused of sexually assaulting a student she used to teach. Madeleine Schmaltz, 29, of Saginaw, Minnesota is charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct as a “current or recent position of authority over the victim,” which is a felony. According to the criminal complaint filed in St. Louis…

Suspect in Ironwood Stabbing Incident Arrested in Wisconsin

IRONWOOD, Mich. – The Ironwood Department of Public Safety says officers responded to reports of a stabbing incident around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night on the 400 block of West Cloverland Drive. Initial reports indicated a man had been assaulted and was on the ground bleeding heavily. When officers arrived on the scene they determined the man had been stabbed multiple…

Hermantown Man Charged in Lino Lakes Homicide

LINO LAKES, Minn. (FOX 9) – A 43-year-old Hermantown, Minnesota man has been charged in a deadly shooting at a Lino Lakes home, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. Nicholas Walter Zielinski is charged with second-degree murder for the death of 22-year-old Karl Mitchell Henderson. According to the criminal complaint, on Thursday around 2:35 p.m., Lino Lakes police officers responded to a reported…

K-9 Haas Memorial Vandalized

Scrapes were recently noticed on the plaque showing a photo of the K-9 officer.

DULUTH, Minn. – A plaque honoring K-9 Haas has been vandalized in Gary New Duluth. The memorial was placed outside the Gary New Duluth Rec Center in June of 2019 Scrapes were recently noticed on the plaque showing a photo of the K-9 officer. Members of the Gary New Duluth Board say, that although the incident is sad, Haas will…

One Year After Fatal Hit-and-Run, Nashwauk Remembers Toddler Logan Klennert by Planting Trees

Police say 39-year-old Jake Place was under the influence when he killed Logan and injured his aunt, his sentencing is set for October.

NASHWAUK, Minn.- It’s been one year since a fatal hit-and-run in Nashwauk by a driver under the influence took the life of 2-year-old Logan Klennert and injured his 16-year-old aunt. On Sunday, the community honored Logan while spreading the message to drive sober. Meanwhile, the man charged in the hit-and-run is set to be sentenced this Fall. “It’s been a…

Duluth Sees More Gun Violence Over Weekend; Police Chief Responds

DULUTH, Minn. — Two more incidents involving guns occurred over the weekend from Saturday night into Sunday morning in Duluth, ending a week that the police chief said has seen a high rate of gun violence Around 8:15 on Saturday night, Duluth police responded to a call of several shots fired on West 1st Street between the 2400 to 2600…

Chief Tusken Responds to Duluth Police Officer’s Viral Facebook Post About Downtown Shooting Incident

In the post the Sergeant recounts the events, and his own thoughts, surrounding a call he responded to Wednesday, where he "almost shot an 'unarmed black man,'."

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth Police officer’s recent Facebook post has gone viral, along with Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken’s subsequent response after sharing the post, regarding a call Police responded to Wednesday. Both are included below, and can be found on FOX 21’s Facebook Page.  The officer originally wrote on the Duluth Police Local 807 Facebook Page Thursday, signing as…

Duluth Police Respond to Two Separate Shootings on Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say officers responded to two separate shooting incidents on Thursday. According to police, around 2:20 a.m. Thursday an officer witnessed multiple shots fired from two vehicles in the downtown Duluth area. Police say the shooting took place in an alley on 2nd Avenue East and both vehicles fled the vicinity. One of the vehicles involved…

Teen Charged in Kenosha Killings Stalls Return to Wisconsin

KENOSHA, WI (AP) — A judge has postponed a decision on whether a 17-year-old should be returned to Wisconsin to face charges in the killing of two people on the streets of Kenosha during unrest following the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake. The Illinois judge granted Kyle Rittenhouse’s request to delay the extradition hearing to Sept. 25…

Tuesday Night Protests Turn Deadly in Wisconsin

Cellphone footage shared online shows a white man with a rifle walking past police after he was seen on video opening fire in the street

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Two people were shot to death and another was wounded during the third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, and authorities Wednesday hunted for a possible vigilante seen on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a rifle. The gunfire was reported just…

Mentors Needed To Help Support Students During The School Year

DULUTH, Minn.- A local non-profit is searching for mentors to help provide additional support to families as they navigate through the upcoming school year. Mentor North in Duluth is a one on one community based mentoring program. The organization is launching its new academic mentoring program to be a positive re-enforcement as many students and their families may be facing…

Early Morning Crash Leaves Passenger With Significant Injuries

A 2016 Honda Odyssey was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when it lost control at 42nd avenue east. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Just before 3:30 Tuesday morning, Duluth Police officers responded to a single-vehicle rollover on the 4200 block of London Road. A 2016 Honda Odyssey was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when it lost control at 42nd avenue east. A 16-year-old female passenger was taken to the hospital with significant injuries. She was in stable…

Iron Range Communities, Officials Rally in Nashwauk to Keep Togo Prison Open

They say if the Governor needs to make cuts to address the state's budget, a big source of jobs and criminal reform on the Range isn't the place to do it.

DULUTH, Minn.- A packed crowd in Nashwauk rallied around keeping the Minnesota Correctional Facilities in Togo and Willow River open. “Keep the program that is actually putting people, taking people out of prisons and putting them to work,” said District 6 Senator David Tomassoni. Hundreds from both sides of the political aisle packed the Nashwauk Area Veterans Memorial Park, including…

Golden State Killer Sentenced to Life for 26 Rapes, Slayings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former California police officer dubbed the Golden State Killer told victims Friday hew was “truly sorry” before he was sentenced to multiple life prison sentences for a decade-long string of rapes and murders that terrorized a wide swath of the state. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 rape-related…

Ex-Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Charged in Border Wall Scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.” The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court. Federal prosecutors alleged that Bannon and three others “orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands…

Cloquet Police Officer Placed on Paid Administrative Leave Following DWI Arrest

CLOQUET, Minn. – A Cloquet police officer has been placed on paid non-disciplinary administrative leave following his August 6 arrest for DWI. According to court records, officer Andrew Michael Murray, 34, was off-duty when he was cited for DWI by the Minnesota State Patrol in the city of Carlton. Authorities say Murray crashed his vehicle around 9 p.m. before fleeing…

Minneapolis Officer’s Attorney Alleges George Floyd Overdosed on Fentanyl, Charges Should Be Dropped

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – In a new filing in the case against a now-fired Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, the officer’s attorney alleged that Floyd overdosed on fentanyl while resisting arrest and in doing so contributed to his own death, arguing the charges against the officer should be dropped. Thomas Lane is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and…

Minnesota Court of Appeals Upholds Conviction of Accomplice in UMD Student Murder Case

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentencing of one of the accomplices charged in the 2017 murder of UMD student William Grahek. Xavier Haywood, 30, was found guilty in 2019 for aiding an offender in the fatal shooting of Grahek during a robbery gone wrong. He was sentenced to nearly 16 years in…

Hibbing Woman Charged in Iron Range Murder Sentenced

HIBBING, Minn. – A Hibbing woman charged in connection to the January 2019 murder of 33-year-old Joshua LaValley has been sentenced. Bailey French, 18, was sentenced on Thursday to almost 37 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and aiding and abetting kidnapping. According to court reports, LaValley’s body was found on the Mesabi Trail near Kerr with…

Apartment Where 36-Year-Old Man Dies In Fire Gets Burglarized

The items needed are hygiene products and clothing.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than a half dozen residents displaced by a fire that killed a 36-year-old man are now dealing with yet another difficulty. Duluth police confirmed to fox 21 that they responded to a burglary at that housing unit. Some of those without a home are asking for help. A friend to one of the residents posted on…

Update: Victim Sustained Non-Life Threatening Gunshot Wound From Central Hillside Shots Fired Incident

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police confirmed Thursday morning that the victim taken to the Essentia ER on Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the abdomen was shot in connection to the shots fired incident on Wednesday. Officers responded to a shots fired incident Wednesday afternoon in the Central Hillside neighborhood. Police responded to the 100 Block of the West #4…

State Files Motion to Join All Four Cases in George Floyd Killing

(Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP) MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The State of Minnesota filed a motion Wednesday to join the cases of the four Minneapolis police officers charged in the police killing of George Floyd into one prosecution. The move means there would be one trial for all the officers, rather than four separate trials. Floyd died on May 25 while being…

Duluth Police Respond to Shots Fired Incident in Duluth’s Central Hillside

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1 of 2 Girls Convicted in Slender Man Stabbing Loses Appeal

(Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls who repeatedly stabbed a classmate because she believed a fictional horror character named Slender Man would attack her family if she didn’t kill the girl has lost an appeal. Morgan Geyser was 12 at the time of the attack in 2014. Geyser pleaded guilty…

Superior Police Searching for Home Invasion Robbery Suspects

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Esko Woman Charged With Felony Assault After Attacking Mom With Hammer

ESKO, Minn. – An Esko woman is facing felony assault charges after attacking her mother with a hammer last week. According to the criminal complaint, while being arrested in Minneapolis on Thursday 35-year-old Amber Rae Stonemark told arresting officers that she had attacked her mother with a hammer at her home the night before. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office and…

Suspect Arrested in Carlton County Assault

The victim and the suspect had known each other. 

CARLTON, Minn. – On Thursday night just before one o’clock, State Patrol Officers and the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check at a Thompson Township residence. A seriously injured adult female was located at the address. It was determined that she was the victim of an assault. Multiple fire departments and Life Link Air Ambulance were involved in…

Duluth Firefighter On Unpaid Suspension After Woman’s Assault Over Unleashed Dogs

DULUTH, Minn. — A Duluth firefighter is now serving a 30-day unpaid suspension after being accused of assaulting a woman on a West Duluth trail in July. Conrad Sunde, 48, was originally placed on paid administrative leave in mid-July during an internal investigation about the assault. Sunde was cited in July with a 5th-degree assault charge after police say he…

MN Supreme Court Upholds Life Sentence, Conviction in UMD Student Murder Case

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and sentencing of a Duluth man found guilty of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a UMD student in 2017. Last month, 24-year-old Deandre Davenport, appealed his conviction and sentencing saying that the court failed to provide the jury with proper instructions regarding a testimony provided by…

Hibbing Police Seize Nearly 177 Grams of Meth This Week in Two Drug Arrests

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police department reported on Friday that officers have seized almost 177 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 2.5 grams of suspected heroin in two separate drug arrests this week. On Monday, officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Mitchell Bridge. Authorities say the reporting party noted that the male driver took a backpack…

Chisholm Community Reacts to Arrest, Charge of Suspect in Nancy Daugherty Cold Case

Michael Carbo Jr., 52, was charged with second-degree murder Thursday thanks to DNA analysis.

CHISHOLM, Minn.- The people of Chisholm peeled back one of the city’s darkest days — the murder and rape of 38-year-old Nancy Daugherty in her own home — as a man from their very city is now charged with her murder. That man is Michael Carbo Jr., 52, a longtime resident of Chisholm, who was charged with second-degree murder Thursday….

How Parabon NanoLabs Helped Chisholm Police Identify A Cold Case Murder Suspect

CHISHOLM, Minn. — The company that helped Chisholm Police pinpoint suspect Michael Carbo Jr. in the cold case murder of Nancy Daughtery is called Parabon NanoLabs, which specializes in investigative genetic genealogy. Parabon has access to some DNA databases from companies such as GEDmatch and Family Tree DNA, which people send their DNA samples to when they want to learn…

DNA, Public Genealogy Databases Lead To Arrest In 1986 Chisholm Cold Case

Suspect Michael Carbo Jr., 52, of Chisholm was arrested Wednesday just hours after the DNA match.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Three decades since the rape and murder of Nancy Daugherty in the close-knit city of Chisholm, a 52-year-old man, Michael Carbo Jr., living in that very community was arrested for the crime Wednesday on probable cause of second-degree murder. “This is the day Nancy Daugherty’s family and all of Chisholm have waited for, for over 34 years….

Duluth Police: Use of Force Incident ‘Within Policy and Training’

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department announced on Tuesday that they have determined the officers involved in a weekend use-of-force incident were acting within proper policy and training. The arrest in question happened on Saturday during a traffic stop near the West 4600 Block of Grand Avenue around 10:30 a.m. During the stop officers recognized the passenger in the…

Prosecutors Want no Audio-Visual Coverage of Cops’ Trials

(Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the cases against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd said Monday that they do not want audio or visual coverage of the trials, but they did not provide a reason. Derek Chauvin and three other former officers are scheduled to go on trial in March….

Ex-Red Cliff Vice Chairman Pleads Not Guilty to Intentional Homicide Charges

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – The former Vice-Chairman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa pleaded not guilty on Monday for the murder of 50-year-old Jody Ricard. Michael John LaGrew, 56, was charged in March with first-degree intentional homicide in connection to the murder that took place in the summer of 2003. According to court documents, Ricard’s body was…