Crime

Police Investigating Shots Fired Early Saturday Near UMD

DULUTH, Minn. – An investigation is underway after shots were fired early Saturday morning near the University of Minnesota Duluth, according to Duluth Police. According to authorities, police responded to the call regarding a house party in the 1300 block of 20th Avenue East just after midnight Saturday morning; police resolved the matter and departed the scene. Around approximately 1…

Duluth Police Investigating Man Found Outside Deceased

Not Many Details At The Moment

UPDATE: The Duluth Police have reported that preliminary autopsy results suggest the man died from accidental death due to exposure. Currently, toxicology results are pending. DULUTH, Minn- The Duluth Police Department is investigating the death of a man found near the 10 block of E 4th St.  According to police, they were notified of a man down at 9:43 a.m….

Not Guilty Pleas Entered in Child Abduction Case

WALKER, Minn. (AP) – A man accused of abducting and killing a 5-year-old girl from central Minnesota has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges. Alayna Ertl Zachary Todd Anderson is facing 19 charges, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, and criminal sexual conduct. Anderson was arrested August 2016 in Cass County after Alayna Ertl was kidnapped from her home in Watkins, about…

Parents Charged in Death of Infant Found Rotting in Swing

Cheyanne Harris (left) and Zachary Koehn (right) (Photos via Chickasaw Co Sheriff) ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family’s home. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment…

Chisholm City Council Votes to Remove Kevin Scaia

Council Approved Code of Conduct at Wednesday Meeting

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Wednesday night Chisholm residents spoke out at the city council meeting calling for councilor Kevin Scaia’s resignation. Later in the meeting, Councilor Tracy Campbell proposed a resolution also calling for his resignation. Campbell also proposed a values guide and code of conduct for the council. Both were approved by the council. Scaia is accused of groping a…

Officer Involved Shooting in Ashland Leaves Suspect in Hospital

No Officers Were Injured in the Incident. An Investigation Is Being Conducted by Wisconsin DOJ

ASHLAND, Wis. – An officer involved shooting in Ashland on Monday night has put an unnamed suspect in the hospital. Around 7:30 p.m. Monday night, two Ashland police officers responded to an incident on the 400 block of West Main Street. After officers tried to make contact with a suspect, shots were fired. The suspect was hit by gunfire and…

‘Making a Murderer’ Attorneys Say New Evidence Warrants Another Trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorneys for a Wisconsin man convicted of homicide in a case featured on the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” are asking a circuit court to reconsider a prior ruling rejecting a request for a new trial. The motion for reconsideration filed on behalf of Steven Avery in Manitowoc County Monday says the latest request is based…

Naloxone “Narcan” Training For Medical Professionals Held In Duluth

Training Possible Through Newly Obtained Grant

DULUTH, Minn- Medical professionals in Duluth are getting some hands on training with Narcan. It’s a drug that can save lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. Pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and doctors all got training as part of the Minnesota Targeted Response Grant. The goal of the grant is to expand the use of Narcan and create more…

Police Still Seek Information For Woman Found Severely Burned

Arnold Still Remains In Critical Condition, Set For Surgery Tuesday

DULUTH Minn- We are learning more about the woman that was found on fire, and critically injured on Hwy 23 near Duluth last week. 24 year old Jaclyn Arnold works as a community advocate in Duluth. It’s been 4 days since Arnold was found on fire on Hwy 23. A passerby extinguished the fire, but she was severely burned. Police…

Truck Vandalized Near Makinen, Minn.

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Crandon Officer Uses ‘Deadly Force’ During Struggle

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) – Crandon police say an officer has used “deadly force” during a struggle following a traffic stop. Authorities say the officer stopped a vehicle about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and a struggle began with a man inside. State Department of Justice spokesman Johnny Koremenos says the man died after the officer fired his weapon. The DOJ is investigating…

Man Facing Drug and Child Neglect Charges

1/4 Datione Warren (St. Louis Co. Jail) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 (Duluth Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 (Duluth Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 (Duluth Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption   DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force arrested a 27-year-old man, identified as Datione Benjamin Warren, of Duluth, on…

Woman Found on Fire Identified, Police Continue to Seek Witnesses

DULUTH, Minn. – Just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, the Duluth Police Department responded to the call of a woman on fire at 11501 Highway 23. Responding officers located a severely burned woman who was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The woman has been identified as 24-year-old Jaclyn Arnold, of Duluth. Arnold is currently in critical…

125 Years in Prison for Trucker Who Assaulted Children

OCONTO, Wis. (WLUK) – An Oconto County trucker was sentenced Thursday to 125 years in prison for sexually assaulting five children and possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say Rodney Enneper, took five different children on trips in his truck. The criminal complaint then describes a variety of sexual assaults during the course of several years. The 11 sexual assaults counts…

Wisconsin Prison Head Says More Space Needed

The Oshkosh Correctional Institution, seen June 2, 2017 after lockdown went in effect the day before. (WLUK)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The head of Wisconsin’s prison system is telling lawmakers that additional capacity is needed to deal with an aging and growing inmate population. Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher tells a Senate committee Thursday that since he took over in…

Duluth Man Arrested, Charged in Marine General Theft Incident

Most of stolen lures still in factory packaging provided by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office UPDATE 10/17/17: The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Oct. 7, 2017, the fishing lures and other items of merchandise were recovered from a storage shed in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth. The retail value of the recovered items exceeds $25,000….

Officer-Involved Shooting in St. Cloud, Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Monday night in St. Cloud. The man shot by police is expected to survive, and the initial investigation indicates the man fired a weapon at some point. According to the BCA, a Stearns County sheriff’s deputy and several St. Cloud police officers…

Agencies Team Up for Warrant Resolution Day in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County District Court in Duluth is partnering with local prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, the public defender’s office, and Community Connect to hold a Warrant Resolution Day on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Damiano Center, 206 W 4th Street. Individuals with outstanding warrants from anywhere in the state of Minnesota…

Chisholm City Councilor Accused of Groping Woman

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Chisholm City Councilor Kevin Scaia, 50, is being accused of groping a woman. The Hibbing Daily Tribune reports Scaia was at a local bar in Chisholm when he allegedly reached around a woman at the bar and grabbed her breasts. Scaia is set for court Nov. 30 on a fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Scaia and his…

Synthetic Drug Overdoses on Rise

No Known Way to Reverse Synthetic Marijuana Overdose

MINNEAPOLIS-Minnesota health officials say there’s been a spike in the number of overdoses from synthetic marijuana in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports that last week alone Minneapolis hospitals handled at least 60 cases related to the synthetic drug, which causes hallucinations and violent behavior in some users and leaves others comatose. Officials say none of the cases has been fatal….

Police Looking for Robbery Suspect Who Used Hatchet

If You See Him, Call 911

BIWABIK, Minn.-The St. Louis County Sherrif’s Office is looking for 32-year-old man who robbed the Lakeland Store in Biwabik Township last night, using a hatchet. Anthony Theodore Wagoner, of Crookston, has been identified as the suspect. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Police warn not to approach him. He came into the store at about 7:30 p.m. wearing a…

1 Arrested After Cars, Biwabik Post Office Damaged

BIWABIK, Minn. – The Gilbert Police Department has arrested a 21-year-old man after the Biwabik Post Office and vehicles in the neighborhood were damaged. As for the post office, police say several interior mailboxes were damaged. Officers determined mail was even stolen out of those mail boxes, according to the press release. Damage is estimated to add up to several…

Hecker Still in Prison

Hecker's Attorney Misspoke When She Said Hecker Had Been Released From the Federal Prison

MINNEAPOLIS-Former Minnesota auto dealer Denny Hecker remains in federal prison and is not in a halfway house as his attorney reported earlier this week. The federal Bureau of Prisons says Hecker’s attorney misspoke when she said Hecker had been released from the federal prison in Illinois and sent to a halfway house in Minneapolis. Hecker’s former bankruptcy attorney Barbara May…

35-Year Sentence for Killer in Fond du Lac Case

Murder Occured Dec. 23 on Reservation

CARLTON, Minn.-A 34-year-old man was sentenced today for killing another man Dec. 23 on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Wayne Bosto was sentenced to 35 1/2 years in prison for shooting and killing 36-year-old John Korby. In July, Bosto plead guilty to second-degree murder for his role in the crime. He had also been facing a charge of being a…

3 In Custody After Assault at Bemidji Convenience Store

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Just after 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the report of gunshots at 7189 Pete Lane NW near Highway 2 and Highway 89 at Pete’s Place West Convenience Store in Bemidji. Several agencies responded to the call including Beltrami County, Bemidji Police, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota BCA, Bureau of…

Auto Dealer Denny Hecker to be Released from Halfway House Today

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A former Minnesota auto dealer will be released from a halfway house where he’s lived since serving most of a 10-year sentence in federal prison. The Pioneer Press reports that 65-year-old Denny Hecker will be released from the Minneapolis halfway house Thursday. Hecker filed for bankruptcy in June 2009, when he owed $767 million. He was sentenced…

Hibbing Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Felonies in Sexual Assault Case

Next Court Appearance is Scheduled for Nov. 30.

Travis TurkHIBBING, Minn.-A 28-year-old Hibbing man has plead guilty to two felonies in the sexual assault case of a 5-year-old girl. Travis Turk plead guilty to kidnapping and burglary in the first degree. Originally, he was facing four felony charges in the case, including criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. According to the complaint, the girl’s mother woke up around…

Duluth Vigil Held In Honor Of Those Killed In Vegas Massacre

Vigil Was Held At Peace United Church of Christ

DULUTH, Minn. – America and the Northland continue to mourn after one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.  Dozens of Duluthians were invited Wednesday to Peace United Church of Christ to remember the lives lost in Las Vegas. People lit candles and emotions built up during prayer. Members of the church even read the names of dozens of victims…

Minnesota Man Sentenced to Jail in Revenge Porn Case

Michael Weigel ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An eastern Minnesota man has been sentenced under a new state law that seeks to hold people accountable for revenge porn. The Pioneer Press reports that 39-year-old Michael Weigel was sentenced to four months in jail and three years of probation. He was convicted on one count of felony non-consensual dissemination of private…

FBI Interviewing Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend

Undated photo of Marilou Danley from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. (AP) LAS VEGAS (AP) – A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that the Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend is being questioned by FBI agents in Los Angeles. The official says Marilou Danley was being questioned Wednesday morning at the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles and…

Grand Portage Woman Arrested for Arson

Lori Dahmen (Cook County Sheriff’s Office) GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – Authorities responded to the report of a structure fire on Townsite Road in Grand Portage at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, according to the Cook County Sheriff. Crews from Grand Portage and Hovland Fire Department joined Cook County Deputies in responding to the call. The fire destroyed the home, no…

Las Vegas Shooter’s Father had Ties to Superior

Lived in Superior After He Was Born in Wisconsin

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – While investigators in Las Vegas work to find out what motivated a one-time accountant with no known criminal history to inflict so much pain in a mass shooting, others digging into his past know his father was a notorious bank robber with ties to Wisconsin. Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was born in Sheboygan in…

Minnesota Man Arrested for 28th DWI

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NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (KVRR) – The man with the record for the most DWI convictions in Minnesota has been arrested again. It is the 28th DWI arrest for 64-year-old Danny Bettcher of rural New York Mills. An off-duty Deputy saw Dettcher drinking at the VFW before getting into his car. Another officer followed Bettcher on Highway 10 where he…

Duluthians Share First Hand Experience During Vegas Shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV- FOX 21 sat down with two Duluthians via Facebook messenger earlier this afternoon, who described first hand the horrible events from last night’s attack. 28-year-old Briana Hess and 32-year-old Jolene Luczak share their story. “It started again, da da da da da da da and Jason Aldean, he kind of hesitated and then he turned around and…

UPDATE: More than 50 Dead After Gunfire Rings Out at Las Vegas Music Festival

Officials Say the Gunman Killed Himself

LAS VEGAS – LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S….

Wisconsin Girl Reaches Plea Deal in Slender Man Case

Morgan Geyser, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man, sits in a Waukesha County Courtroom for a status hearing Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP) WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The second of two Wisconsin girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress horror character Slender…

Counterfeit Barbies Seized at US-Canada Border

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (KMSP) – Border patrol officers seized more than 3,000 counterfeit Barbie dolls at the United States-Canada border in International Falls, Minnesota last month. The dolls, piratical copies of Mattel’s CEO Barbie, were found in a rail container headed for the point-of-entry in Ranier, Minnesota in August. The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested…

Heroin Dealer Sentenced in 2 Deaths, Faces Charges in 3 More

Beverly Burrell MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Twin Cities heroin dealer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the overdose deaths of two men and still faces murder charges in the drugs death of three others. Thirty-one-year-old Beverly Burrell, of Maplewood, was convicted of third-degree murder in the death of Max Tillitt and Luke Ronnei. Their family members told…

Body Recovered from Storm Sewer along Lakewalk

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police have confirmed that human remains were recovered from a storm sewer line along the Lakewalk in Duluth. Authorities responded to the Lakewalk Restrooms around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. The report indicated a possible body in the storm sewer located there, according to police. Public Works members discovered what appeared to be a body…

Suspect Charged In Vista Fleet ‘Theft’

DULUTH, Minn. – A Minnesota man from the Twin Cities area is charged with releasing Duluth’s Vista boats into the harbor last week with one of them nearly getting hit by a freighter. The suspect is 49-year-old Mark Sullwold of Greenwood. The charge is felony theft, according to the Duluth Police Department. Vista owner Justin Steinbach told FOX 21he has no…

Cause of Ohio Man’s Death in North Korea May Never be Known

FILE: In this Feb. 29, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File) CINCINNATI (AP) — A coroner said Wednesday her office could not determine what led to the fatal brain damage…

Wisconsin DOJ Sets Up Website to Track Sex Assault Kit Tests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Justice has set up a public website that tracks the agency’s efforts to test hundreds of untested sexual assault evidence kits. The kits have gone unexamined for a variety of reasons. Prosecutors may have decided the case was too weak, a defendant pleaded guilty or victims decided not to cooperate. None are…

Court Hears Brendan Dassey Appeal

  CHICAGO (AP) – A full federal appeals court has heard arguments about whether investigators coerced a confession from a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer’ series. If they rule he was coerced, he could go free. Several judges at the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago on Tuesday appeared sympathetic to arguments that investigators manipulated…

Homicide Rates Down Significantly in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – New data from the FBI shows a significant drop in the number of homicides in Minnesota. While violent crime remained relatively unchanged, homicides dropped about 25 percent from 2015 to 2016, per 100,000 residents. Minnesota’s rate of decline was third nationwide, behind North Dakota and Connecticut. Last year, there were 101 homicides statewide, down from 131 in…

Man on Trial for Weapons Theft Confesses During Trial

Joseph Jakubowski MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump has admitted at trial that he committed the crimes. Joseph Jakubowski took the stand Monday in Madison, saying he robbed Armageddon Supplies near Janesville April 4 and took guns, magazines,…