Crime

17-Year-Old Gets Probation in Hibbing Murder Case

Will be on Probation Until She's 21

HIBBING, Minn.-A 17-year-old Hibbing resident has been placed on probation Thursday for her involvement in an Iron Range murder. Julianna Sala had previously admitted that she lied several times to the police about her involvement in the murder of 20-year-old Jaysen Greenwood. She has also confessed that she went with the murder to dispose of the body in an abandoned…

Deer River Man Charged with Assault and Malicious Punishment of a Child

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – A criminal complaint was filed in Itasca County District Court, charging 28-year-old Corey Michael Cloud, of Deer River, Minnesota, with one count of felony Assault in the First Degree and one count of felony Malicious Punishment of a Child – Great Bodily Harm, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. Corey Cloud, Itasca County Jail These…

$75K Cash Bond Set for Man Accused of Killing UW-Stout Student

Cullen OsburnMENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – A judge has set cash bond at $75,000 for a Minnesota man accused of killing a Saudi Arabian college student in Wisconsin. Twenty-seven-year-old Cullen Osburn appeared in Dunn County court on Thursday after waiving extradition from Minnesota. He remains in jail and is due back in court March 27. The Minneapolis man is charged with…

South St. Paul School District Notified of Sexual Abuse by Former Teacher

The former teacher was involved in an apparent murder-suicide back in August

Aric BabbittSOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. – The South St. Paul School District has been notified of a claim of sexual abuse by a former Lincoln Elementary School teacher. Forty-year-old Aric Babbitt, was found dead along with his husband, Matthew Deyo, in an apparent murder-suicide on an island in Washington state in August 2016. The incident came after Babbitt was placed…

Lawyers: Castile was Reaching for Gun when Officer Shot Him

ST. PAUL (AP) – Attorneys for a Minnesota police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop say Philando Castile’s gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed. The Star Tribune reports that a memo filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court contradicts prosecutors’ claims that St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo…

Heroin Bust Leads to Six Arrests in Duluth

Search warrant executed on Feb. 2

1/5 Bloxton, Matthew Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Osborne, Ricky Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 Reilly, Adam Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 Nicholson, Willie Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 Graves, Jillian Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search…

How Local Hospitals React When a Shooting Occurs

Hospitals work with law enforcement to determine if a lockdown is necessary when they admit shooting victims.

DULUTH, Minn. – In light of the recent shootings, some areas have had to go into lockdowns when victims arrive at their facilities. St. Luke’s in Duluth has four different types of lockdowns that they can go into depending upon the situation. They work with law enforcement and measure the severity of the threat. Many areas are already restricted and…

Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Up in Douglas County

Under-aged Kids Were Able to Buy Tobbaco Products 13% of the Time They Tried

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- State mandated compliance checks were held in Douglas County to make sure businesses aren’t selling tobacco products to under aged minors. The minors who were part of the test were able to purchase the tobacco products 13 percent of the time they tried. Experts say the tobacco industry is producing products that appeal to a younger generation,…

Report: Opioid Prescriptions Drop 11.7 Percent in Wisconsin

MADISON (AP) – A new report says opioid prescriptions dropped nearly 12-percent in the last three months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. The report from the state Controlled Substances Board found the number of prescriptions decreased 11.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015, from 1.26 million prescriptions in…

Police Investigate I-35 Shooting in Duluth

The incident was the second shooting to take place over the weekend, and the fifth shooting since the 1st of the year

DULUTH, Minn. – New details have emerged in the shooting that took place Sunday evening in Duluth Just before 8 p.m., on Sunday, the Duluth Police Department responded to a local hospital after receiving information of a 19-year-old male victim being admitted with an apparent gunshot wound. Duluth Police Investigators determined the shooting took place from one moving vehicle into…

Arrest Made in Alleged Kidnapping

Superior Police Investigating

DULUTH, Minn.-A 27-year-old woman called police outside of Charlie’s Sub on Central Avenue today, reporting she had been kidnapped. Police responded quickly to the incident and found the 27-year-old female victim who was not harmed. Officers then arrested a 33-year-old male suspect on two felony warrants of bail jumping in Wisconsin. Due to the Wisconsin connection, Superior Police are still…

Human Trafficking Numbers Up Across Nation

24% Increase in Reported Trafficking Cases

  DULUTH, Minn.- Cases of reported human trafficking increase each year. While Human Trafficking is a critical problem Nationally and Globally, some experts say the rise in numbers could partly be because of an increase in awareness surrounding the issue. More survivors than ever reached out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and other resources in 2016. There was a…

Itasca County Jury Awards $28.6 Million to Woman Paralyzed in 2009 Coleraine Crash

The incident happened on October 9, 2009

1/3 Newsfile Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Newsfile Show Caption Hide Caption An Itasca County jury has awarded $28.6 million to a Marble, Minnesota woman who was paralyzed when an Ely Public School District bus crashed into the car that she was a passenger in. Paige Anderson was 16 years old when the accident happened…

Latest on Hostage Situation at Delaware Prison, 1 Officer Dead

Group of inmates took guards hostage at a maximum-security prison in Smyrna, Delaware (FOX News)SMYRNA, Del. (AP) – 11:10 a.m. Authorities say inmates used “sharp instruments” to take over a Delaware prison and hold three prison guards and a counselor hostage. One of the guards died during the nearly 24-hour ordeal. Two guards were released during negotiations and the counselor…

Minnesota couple accused of soliciting Duluth girl, 14

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – A couple from central Minnesota is charged with planning through Facebook to have sex with a 14-year-old Duluth girl. Investigators say 32-year-old Kayla Marie Frank and 33-year-old Phillip James Adkins drove from Rice to Duluth to meet the girl. Frank and Adkins are charged in St. Louis County with electronic solicitation of a child, a felony….

Suspect Sought in Taco John’s Robbery

Robbery Occurred Sunday Morning

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth Police are looking for a suspect for the armed robbery of Taco John’s Sunday morning on Grand Avenue in West Duluth. The suspect displayed a firearm at the scene. According to the the police department, the suspect is a light skin African American or Native American man, with a medium build, weighing about 180 pounds. He also has…

Official: Guards Taken Hostage by Inmates at Delaware Prison

DOVER, Del. (AP) – Delaware prisons have been put on lockdown following a reported hostage taking at the state’s maximum security facility. Geoffrey Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, said he had been told by the Department of Correction commissioner that prison guards had been taken hostage at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. A…

Duluth Man Charged In Lincoln Park Shooting

Quentin LakeDULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man is facing an assault charge after his alleged involvement in a shooting that happened early Sunday morning in Lincoln Park. On Tuesday, January 31, Quentin Lake, 27, appeared in court after authorities say he shot a man three times. The criminal complaint states the victim, a 25-year-old male, was with friends at an…

School Resource Police Officer May Be Added in Cloquet

Officer Would Increase Safety and Build Relationships Between Students and Law Enforcement

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet School District is planning to add a full time school resource police officer. The resource officer would provide counseling and education to students, in addition to increased school security. The Cloquet Superintendent says adding a resource officer will help students build relationships with police and is not in response to any issues with crime. “The…

Duluth Police Chief Addresses Spike In Gun Crimes

Six Gun-Related Crimes Were Reported Over Eight Days

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken announced at a news conference Monday that his department has arrested a suspect in Sunday’s shooting in Lincoln Park. Tusken also addressed public safety concerns after the recent string of violent crimes involving guns. Three shootings and three armed robberies happened within eight days, which prompted Chief Tusken and Mayor Emily Larson…

6 Murder Counts for Quebec Mosque Attack Suspect

Police survey the scene after a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard termed the act “barbaric violence” and expressed solidarity with victims’ families. (Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press via AP)QUEBEC CITY (AP) — The Latest on the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Quebec…

Aurora Man Gets Longer-Than-Guideline Sentence for Murder

DULUTH, Minn.  – John Joseph Plevell received a 35-year- prison sentence today, after pleading guilty last month to intentional second-degree murder in the November 8, 2015 shooting death of Julie Ann Hildreth outside the Aurora American Legion club, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. The longer-than guideline sentence was warranted by Judge Gary Pagaliaccetti because Plevell ambushed his former…

North Dakota Pushes Bill to Raise Penalty for Rioting

North Dakota State GovernmentBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota law enforcement and state prosecutors are supporting a Republican-sponsored bill that would increase penalties for people involved in riots. Representative Todd Porter of Mandan told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the proposal is in response to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. Among other things, the bill would increase the…

Suspect Arrested In Lincoln Park Shooting

DULUTH, Minn.-A suspect has been arrested in the shooting that occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday at the 2700 block of West Second Street. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken made the announcement via Facebook stating: “The suspect from yesterday’s shooting was arrested last night at 10 p.m. while driving a car in downtown Duluth. Excellent work by DPD investigating this…

Shooting Witness Talks About His Experience

Shawn Johnson Saw Last Night's Lincoln Park Shooting While Walking Home

DULUTH, Minn. – When Shawn Johnson walked home at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, he found himself right in the middle of what became the latest violent crime in Duluth. “Came across a large argument, about eight people and a bunch of ruckus, and I just kind of stopped to see what was going on,” says Shawn Johnson. He says…

Armed Robbery Reported In West Duluth

The Duluth Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Taco John’s in West Duluth. The crime happened around 10:20 a.m. Sunday on the 4600 block of Grand Avenue. The store’s manager told FOX 21 Sunday that a masked man barged in with a gun and a knife, demanded money out of the register and then took off. Nobody…

Duluth Police Investigate Third Shooting In One Week

Man, 25, Hospitalized With 'Unknown Injuries' In Sunday's Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a third shooting to occur in the city over the course of a week. The shooting happened around 3:06 a.m. on the 2700 block of West 2nd Street. According to investigators, a 25-year-old man was hospitalized with “unknown injuries.” It is believed the victim and suspect were known to each other, according to…

Trio Charged in Duluth Drug Bust

Suspects Were Arrested Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Three of the four people arrested in Wednesday’s drug bust in Duluth Were charged Friday. 37 year old Courtney Prude and 25 year old Antonio Johnson of Illinois, as well as 43 year old Joanne Smith of Duluth face felony drug charges. The trio were arrested Wednesday in the 400 block of Mesaba Ave. after a police…

Duluth Shooting Update

17 Year Old Victim Remains Hospitalized

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s new information in Thursday’s shooting in Duluth. Police tell FOX 21, the victim, a 17–year–old male, is still in the hospital, though his injuries aren’t considered serious. The hospital actually called police after the victim checked in to the emergency room with a gunshot wound. Later, a crime scene was set up at an apartment at…

Seventh Avenue East Shooting Update

Victim Most Likely Knew Shooter

DULUTH, Minn.-New information has come out in the shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon at Seventh Avenue East and Fourth Street. The Duluth Police told Fox 21 they believe 17-year-old male victim knew the person that shot him. Originally the police responded to a local hospital who reported they had a shooting victim. Soon after officers established a crime scene at…

Cult Leader Victor Barnard Now Appealing Criminal Case

Taking his attorneys by surprise

Victor Barnard(KMSP – Fox 9) – Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard is appealing his criminal conviction in which he plead guilty to sexually molesting tow of his teenage followers. As part of a plea bargain, Barnard had agreed to a 30 year prison sentence. The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday by Amy Lawler, an Assistant State Public Defender. Barnard’s…

Hibbing Murder Update

Suspect Needs to Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

HIBBING, Minn.-A Grand Rapids man accused of murder has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before going to trial. 32-year-old Benjamin Lundquist has been charged with second-degree murder for his connection to the Jan. 17 stabbing death of 54-year-old Joel Gangness of Hibbing. Lundquist initially told police that Jesus told him to commit the crime. Lundquist’s next court…

Man Charged with Killing Pregnant Eagan Woman

Senicha LessmanEAGAN, Minn. (AP) – A Brooklyn Park man is charged with killing the woman pregnant with his child. Senicha Lessman was found dead in her Eagan townhome by her mother, Margi Lessman, Tuesday afternoon. A criminal complaint states her throat was cut and a cloth was stuffed in her mouth; she was 25 years old and eight months pregnant….

Duluth Police Investigate Robbery

No Suspect in Custody

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating a robbery. On Thursday, January 26 at 7:55 p.m., Duluth Police responded to the 1300 block of Highland Village Drive on a report of a robbery. No one is in custody at this time. This is an active investigation and no other information is available. Categories: Community, Crime, News Tags: duluth police, investigation,…

Duluth Police Respond to Shooting at 7th Ave E and 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Thursday afternoon around 1:28 p.m., Duluth Police responded to a local hospital on a report of a shooting victim. Officers established a crime scene in the area of 7th Avenue East and 4th Street. Officers and investigators arrived at the location and are investigating the incident. A 17-year-old male is currently at a local hospital facility…

3 Charged in Millville Gun Shop Robbery; 75 Guns Stolen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Three people are charged with stealing about 75 firearms from a Millville gunshop in September and trying to sell them. A federal indictment unsealed this week, charged 38-year-old Alex Boyd, 30-year-old Sasha Marie Erdner, and 19-year-old Trinity James Wicka with conspiracy to possess and distribute stolen fire arms and possession of stolen fire arms. Boyd faces another…

Lake Nebagamon Suspect Facing 3 Felony Charges

John Raymond Lundberg Douglas Co. Sheriff’s OfficeSUPERIOR, Wis. – John Raymond Lundberg appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court, today, and is currently facing three separate felony charges for his alleged involvement in the stabbing of a man in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. According to the Probable Cause Statement, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Douglas County…

Berndt Sentenced for Two Superior Robberies

Berndt will serve twenty-five years in prison for the May assaults on two women in Superior.

Scott Berndt was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for two separate assaults that happened just eleven hours apart from each other. After emotional testimony from one of the victims, Berndt broke down in tears. The judge noticed his remorse, but said Berndt’s crimes and previous history were worthy of a long sentence. Berndt was convicted for violently attacking two…

White Bear Lake Man Missing

Jeffery EckbladUPDATE: Mr. Eckblad was located safe on 1/27/17 WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – The White Bear Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jeffery Eckblad, 46, of White Bear Lake. Jeffery was last see at his residence on January 20, 2017. Because of on-going health concerns, family and authorities are concerned for his welfare. Jeffery does not…

Danny Heinrich Sent to Prison Near Boston

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The man who admitted, last year, to killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in central Minnesota in 1989 is serving his sentence at a federal prison outside Boston. Fifty-three-year-old Danny Heinrich is listed as an inmate at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts. His release date is listed as March 28, 2033. Last year, Heinrich was sentenced…

Pregnant Woman Found Dead in Eagan

Suspect has been arrested

Senicha LessmanEAGAN, Minn. (KMSP – Fox 9) – A 25-year-old woman has died after an incident Tuesday afternoon in Eagan, Minnesota. Wednesday morning, Eagan police identified the victim as Senicha Marie Lessman and confirmed her baby also died. Eagan police were called to the 3100 block of Alden Pond Lane shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday where Lessman was found unresponsive….

Stabbing Shakes the Town of Lake Nebagamon

News Shakes a Usually Quiet Neighborhood

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – Douglas County 911 responded to a report of a man whose throat had been cut and was bleeding out. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a 47 year old man bleeding and crawling on the driveway of a home in Lake Nebagamon. The suspect had fled the scene before police had arrived, but…

Investigators Seek Tips About Upper Peninsula Wolf Poaching

STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Michigan conservation officers are appealing for public tips about the illegal shooting of a wolf in the Upper Peninsula’s Iron County. The Department of Natural Resources says the poaching happened about 10 miles southwest of Iron River, in Stambaugh Township. A passerby spotted the wolf Sunday afternoon lying several feet off East Brule Lake Road,…

One in Custody after Lake Nebagamon Stabbing

The incident took place early Tuesday morning

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – A 49-year-old Lake Nebagamon man is in custody after a stabbing incident this morning. Douglas County 911 received a call around 5:00 a.m., Tuesday morning, from a man stating he was bleeding to death. The connection was lost before further information was obtained. At 5:13 a.m. a call was received from a third party, directing officers…

Minnesota Pro-Life Headquarters Vandalized

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption ST. PAUL – The St. Paul headquarters of Pro-Life Action Ministries has been vandalized with spray painted messages and an upside-down cross. Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries says a staff member found the messages after arriving to work Monday morning. The messages contained profanity. One was against…

Suspect Sentenced in Virginia Murder

Suspect Gets 32 Years

Bartholamy DriftVIRGINIA, Minn. – Bartholamy Jake Drift, 42, of Virginia, has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for his role in the murder of another Virginia man in 2014. Drift was convicted of second-degree murder in relation to killing 28-year-old Harley Joseph Jacka. Jacka was killed after his girlfriend requested it be done, according to court sources. Harley Jacka…