Crime

Mother Sentenced to Prison in Newborn’s Death

March 2016 photo of Shwe Htoo, 22, of St. Paul is accused of killing her 5-week-old son, Michael Kyaw Htoo, on Nov. 18, 2015. She was charged in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree murder. Photo courtesy of Ramsey County sheriff’s office.ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A St.Paul mother has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally smothering…

4 Killed, Including Officer is Rothschild, Schofield, Weston shooting

1/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) – Authorities have now confirmed an Everest Metro Police Officer was one of four killed following three shooting incidents Wednesday. Everest Metro Police Chief confirmed the fatalities…

Duluth Man Gets 20 Years for Role in Hermantown Drive-By Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man involved in a Hermantown drive-by shooting back in September has received a 20-year prison sentence this morning, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. Last month, a St. Louis County jury found 47-year-old Robert John Lund guilty of four counts of aiding and abetting second-degree attempted murder, four counts of aiding and abetting…

Two Men Charged in Fatal Accident on Hwy 169

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Criminal complaints were filed for two men, today, in Itasca County District Court. One charges Tomas Charles Cuellar, 39, of Grand Rapids, with Criminal Vehicular Homicide and another charging Bradley Gene Doree, 48, of Hill City with Aiding and Abetting Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Aiding and Abetting Fourth Degree Driving While Intoxicated. These charges stem from…

Drug Bust in Eveleth, 3 Arrested

1/3 Photo: LSDVCTF Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Photo: LSDVCTF Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Photo: LSDVCTF Show Caption Hide Caption EVELETH, Minn. – Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed three search warrants on March 21, 2017, which resulted in three arrests. These individuals were arrested for various drug and weapons charges. As a…

Police: 2 Injured in Wisconsin Shooting, Schools on Lockdown

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a shooting has critically injured two people in northern Wisconsin, and area schools and a hospital are on lockdown. Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles were responding after a shooting was reported Wednesday afternoon in Rothschild. The Wausau Police Department posted a link on social media saying the situation was still active and…

Tri-Towers Residents Voice Concerns

Tenants Held a Meeting with Police Representative to Discuss Issues

DULUTH, Minn. – Some residents At Downtown Duluth’s Tri–Towers Apartments are scared Because of recent trouble in and around the complex.  However, Duluth police say some incidents are exaggerated. Those were the messages at a meeting between some concerned Tri–Towers tenants and Housing and Redevelopment Authority Community Officer Steve Ring Tuesday. The meeting was inspired by a weekend incident Where…

Subject Identified in Polk County Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Monday, March 20 in Polk County. The Grand Forks County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased suspect as Clarence Duane Huderle, 73, of Warren, Minnesota. Huderle died of a gunshot wound; the manner of his death…

Duluth Police, Fond du Lac Band Receive Grants for Combating Sex Trafficking

Funding to Provide Investigative Support and Training

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (DPS-OJP) recently awarded eight Sex Trafficking Investigation and Training Grants to help law enforcement agencies across the state for 2017. Statewide grants totaled $799,268 compared with $487,500 last year. Additional funding was appropriated by legislature and signed by Gov. Dayton. These grants will be used for new…

Arson Incident in UMD Dorms

Arsonists set fire to posters hung near study lounge

1/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday, March 19, just after 7:30 p.m., UMDPD and personnel from the Duluth Fire Department responded to the sixth floor of Griggs Hall E on the report of an…

Lincoln Park House Fire Investigated as ‘Suspicious’

Someone Seen Running Away from Home at Time of Fire

DULUTH, Minn.-A Monday structure fire at 2006 W. Fourth St. has been deemed suspicious by the Duluth Fire Department. “This fire is suspicious in nature with a report of a person fleeing the scene before the fire was reported,” said the Duluth Fire Department in a prepared statement. When crews responded to the fire at the Lincoln Park home, they…

Border Protection Officer Found Dead at Border

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reports that around 6 p.m. Sunday, March 19, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the Grand Portage Port of Entry where a male US Customs & Border Protection Officer was found fatally wounded. It is believed to be self-inflicted. The name of the Officer is being withheld…

DOJ: Minneapolis Lacked Coordination, but Kept Peace in 4th Precinct Protests

(Ted Haller / Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on Monday released its after-action report of the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department’s response to the protests and demonstrations at the MPD’s 4th Precinct following the November 2015 shooting death of Jamar Clark. The DOJ review was requested by…

Several Arrested in Stand Off Southeast of Bemidji

TEN LAKES TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The Beltrami County Sheriff’s office reports that on Thursday, March 16 around 3:40 a.m., 911 dispatch received information from a female caller that she needed help. As attempts were made to gather information, the call was disconnected. Beltrami County Deputies and Leech Lake Tribal officers were dispatched to the scene, in the 100 block of…

Hoyt Lakes Man Involved in Virginia Pursuit Charged in Court

Daniel Fredrickson VIRGINIA, Minn. – Virginia Police Chief Nicole Mattson reports that on Tuesday, March 14, around 1:30 a.m., the Virginia Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department received information about a 29-year-old white male with an active felony warrant. The man, Daniel Earl Fredrickson of Hoyt Lakes, was reportedly armed with a handgun driving a white passenger car…

Duluth Citizens’ Police Academy Begins

The classes are designed to create transparency and a better understanding of how the Duluth Police Department serves the community

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s citizens’ police academy started Wednesday night. Over the next 11 weeks, participants will take part in classroom and field instruction, covering a wide variety of topics the department handles. This year, 21 people will go through the academy classes, with a goal of creating transparency and a better understanding of how the department…

Feds Investigate Threats to Jewish Centers as Hate Crimes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Federal authorities say threats to two Jewish community centers in Minnesota are being investigated as hate crimes as part of a broader probe into similar threats made nationwide. FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton said Wednesday that since January 3, more than 140 telephone threats were made to Jewish groups and facilities in 43…

Polish Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Minnesota Man in Nazi Case

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A court in eastern Poland has issued an arrest warrant for a Minnesota man sought in a Nazi massacre, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States. The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed…

Change of venue request for officer who killed Castile

Courtesy: KMSPST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Attorneys for a police officer facing manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile don’t think the defendant can get a fair trial in Ramsey County, so they’ve filed a motion for a change of venue. St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile seven times during a July traffic stop in the St….

St. Paul police involved in fatal shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – St. Paul police say a man has died in an officer-involved shooting in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. Authorities say officers were called to an apartment building about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday because of a domestic situation that involved physical violence. Police say officers encountered a man on a street in the area, shots were fired and…

Formal Charges in Park Point Drug Bust

Search warrant executed in the 1300 block of Minnesota Avenue

1/4 Trahern Pollard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption   DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police and investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1300 block of Minnesota Avenue on Thursday, March 9. The search…

Charges Deferred for Woman, 84, in Car Crash that Killed 3

OCONTO, Wis. (WLUK) – A deferred prosecution agreement has been entered in the case of an 84-year-old woman charged in connection with a triple-fatal crash. The agreement means if Thelma Yashinsky complies with the terms of the agreement, the criminal charges against her will be dropped. Yashinsky was behind the wheel on October 24, 2015, when she drove through a…

Robbery Incident on West Superior Street in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has reported a robbery incident that happened today, March 10 around 2:30 p.m. Officers reponsded to the area of the 300 block of West Superior Street on a report of a robbery incident. The suspects fled on foot prior to officers arriving. The victim was located and unharmed. Officers were able to determine…

Man Charged with 5 Counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct

His conduct involves victims under the age of 13

Richard Dean Wilson, Jr. CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie reports that 42-year-old Richard Dean Wilson, Jr. has been charged with five counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First and Second Degree relating to offenses that occurred in 2014-16. It is alleged that Wilson sexually penetrated or had sexual contact with three children under the…

19 Plead Guilty in Large Minnesota-Wisconsin Meth Ring

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Nineteen people have pleaded guilty in a drug ring that authorities say trafficked 127 pounds of methamphetamine from the Minneapolis area to central Wisconsin communities over a three-year span. U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil in Wisconsin says 14 of the suspects have been sentenced, and the remaining five will be sentenced over the next two months. Authorities…

Cloquet Woman Charged with Aggravated 1st Degree Sale of Controlled Substance

She was on probation in St. Louis, Hennepin, and Olmsted Counties

Morningstar Webster DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, March 7, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on a motor vehicle and four occupants of the motor vehicle followed a traffic stop in the city of Duluth. This stop was the result of an investigation into the sale of a controlled substance, specifically…

Minneapolis Cop Charged with Sexual Assault of Passed-Out Woman

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A Minneapolis police officer accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will appear in court Thursday to face two felony charges. Thomas Robert Tichich, 47, was booked into jail early Thursday morning for the alleged December 15 incident. According to the charges, Tichich, the victim, and another woman were out drinking the night before and went back…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Propose Card Skimmer Crackdown

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two Republican legislators have introduced a bill that would criminalize using credit card skimmers to steal people’s identities. A credit card skimmer is an electronic device that can be attached to a card reader on a gas pump or ATM to secretly collect credit card information. Senator Robert Cowles and Representative Rob Summerfield introduced a bill…

New Report Highlights Impacts of Opioid on Minnesota Tribal Communities

In Minnesota, opioid deaths have increased 430-percent since 2000

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report released Thursday, highlights the impacts of opioids on Minnesota Tribal communities across the state. The report is a summary of the Tribal-State Opioid Summit that took place last fall with Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and Minnesota’s 11 tribal nations, as an effort to develop strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery….

Wisconsin Men Arrested in Theft of 100,000 Diapers

FOX CROSSING, Wis. (AP) – Two Wisconsin men are accused of stealing 100,000 diapers. The Post-Crescent reports the police allege the men stole nearly 1,800 cases of diapers — valued at more than $45,000, from a charitable organization that provides goods to families in need. Authorities say the diapers were stolen during several thefts between January 3 and February 13…

Duluth Police Offer Tips to Reduce Vehicle Thefts

15 vehicles were stolen in Duluth for the month of January

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is offering some suggestions to help reduce vehicle theft incidents. The most important thing one can do to prevent auto theft is to maintain control of keys and key fobs to vehicles. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that one of every eight vehicles stolen in 2015 had the key or fob…

All 5 Suspects Charged in Grahek’s Murder

  DULUTH, Minn. – Three more suspects have been charged in their involvement in the shooting death of UMD student, William Grahek on February 14, 2017. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21; Noah Duane Baker, 19; and Noah Anthony Charles King, 18, all of Duluth, have been formally charged in St. Louis County Court. All three are charged with Second Degree Murder…

Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Vehicular Homicide in Gilbert Case

Will be Sentenced May 3rd

GILBERT, Minn.-A 57-year-old man has plead guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for his involvement in a fatal hit and run in Gilbert. In October, Jeffrey Airhart hit 85-year-old Florence Mannelin with his vehicle on the 100 Block of Broadway Avenue. After Airhart left the scene, Mannelin was taken to the hospital where she later died. Airhart has a history of…

Two Of Five Charged in Duluth Man’s Murder

Three Remaining Suspects Will Be Charged Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Two of five suspects in the murder of University of Minnesota Duluth student, William Grahek, have been charged for their roles in the killing. Tara Baker, 22, of Duluth, is charged with murder in the Second Degree, as well as first-degree Aggravated Robbery. This charged is up from the initial report, where she was to be charged…

Disturbance at Ashland County Jail

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – Ashland County Sheriff Michael Brennan reports that on the evening of Saturday, March 4, several inmates in the Ashland County Jail were causing a disturbance by yelling, kicking on doors, and refusing to return to their cells. Three cell blocks were involved in the disturbance. The inmates were reported to be no threat to each other…

Drugs Seized in Minnesota Reach Record Highs

State agencies pushing for education and community support

ST. PAUL, Minn. – From prescription pills to Methamphetamine, drugs are being seized at an alarming rate in Minnesota. Illicit drug use continuously threatens the safety and health of communities across the state as lives are lost and families destroyed by their use and abuse. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports that in 2016, Violent Crime Enforcement Teams…

5 Suspects Arrested in William Grahek’s Murder

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, March 3, the Duluth Police Department along with members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested four people in the shooting death of 22-year-old William Andrew Grahek. A fifth person involved in this homicide was already in custody at the St. Louis County Jail on unrelated charges. • Deandre Demetrius Davenport,…

Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Role in Liquor Store Shooting

Darius Leelionza Handy DULUTH, Minn. – A 24-year-old who pleaded guilty in February, to a felony second-degree assault charge, has been sentenced to three years in prison. Darius Leelionza Handy, of Montgomery, Illionis, appeared in 6th Judicial District Court, today, March 3 after a pre-sentence investigation conducted by Arrowhead Regional Correction. Authorities reported that Handy fired a point-blank shot into the…

Diamond Reynolds, Girlfriend of Philando Castile, Arrested in St. Paul Assault

1/4 Diamond Reynolds Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Dyamond Richardson Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Chnika Blair Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 St. Paul police report on alleged hammer assault obtained by Fox 9 Show Caption Hide Caption ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, was one of three women arrested Thursday in connection with…

Northland Man Facing Multiple Felonies After 13-Hour Manhunt

Due Back in Court March 6

FINLAND, Minn.-A Silver Bay man is facing five different charges, including three felonies, after a 13-hour manhunt in Finland Sunday. Mark Wherley is facing two felony counts of assault in the second degree, and one felony charge of making threats of violence. He’s also been charged with two misdemeanors – carrying a weapon without Mark Wherley a permit and fleeing on foot….

Wisconsin Senate Committee Approves 2 Opioid Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved bills that would grant people who overdose on opioids legal immunity and lay out money for more state drug agents. The first measure would ensure heroin users who overdose would be immune from prosecution for drug possession and ensure their probation, parole, or extended supervision could be revoked for…

MISSING: St. Croix Falls, Wis. Girls, Left Foster Home, Didn’t Show for School

Candus Flodin Makayla Hanson-Wall UPDATE 3/4: The St. Croix PD reports that the girls have been located safe, and thank those who helped look for them. ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. – The St. Croix Falls Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two missing juveniles, Makayla Hanson-Wall, 13 and Candus Jean Flodin, 14. The two left their foster…

Alleged Heroin Dealer Arrested and Charged in Duluth

Suspect has had Numerous Run-ins with Law Enforcement

DULUTH, Minn.-A 22-year-old Duluth man has been charged with first-degree sale of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a fire arm, for his role in a suspected heroin dealing operation on the 2600 block of West Fourth Street. On Monday, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on…

Superior Shooting Victim Speaks About Brother’s Murder

Shooting Happened Early New Year's Day Behind Third Base Bar

SUPERIOR, Wis. – New details were emerging Wednesday involving Superior’s first murder of 2017, which happened behind Third Base Bar during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. Superior investigators say they now have identified two suspects they believe are involved in the shooting death of 21-year-old, Kyle Androsky and the shooting of his 27-year-old brother, David Androsky. But…

Wausau Man Killed by Deputy Was on Dual Paths

Man Shot Was Commencement Speaker at UW-Marathon County

CORNING, Wis.- The man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in northern Wisconsin had been in trouble with the law, but was also the commencement speaker last spring at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County where he was heavily involved in student activities. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Shawn Igers, of Wausau, was fatally shot by a deputy who…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Blood Can Be Taken from Unconscious Drivers

Ruling Came Down Today

MADISON, Wis.-The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement officers can take blood samples from unconscious drivers without a warrant under certain circumstances. The court ruled Wednesday that an officer can be justified in taking a blood sample without a warrant when delaying would lead to the destruction of evidence, namely falling levels of alcohol in the drunken driver’s…

Virginia Police Investigate Assault Incident

Originally Reported as Shooting

VIRGINIA, Minn.-Reports of a shooting in Virginia a little after midnight Wednesday, turned out not to be true. Multiple police agencies responded to a call of gun shots at 1000 Bourgin Road, but when they got there, it was discovered that two males had been involved in a physical altercation – no firearms were involved. One of the men is…