Crime

Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of Deputy Dan Glaze

Dan Glaze was shot and killed on October 29 in the line of duty.

Dan Glaze MADISON (AP) – A suspect is charged with killing a western Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy in October and endangering the safety of several other officers as they were arresting him. According to the criminal complaint filed Friday, Doug Nitek fatally shot Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze on Oct. 29 after Glaze approached Nitek’s vehicle. Glaze died of a gunshot…

Medical Center Closes While DEA Investigates

CADOTT, Wis. (AP) – A medical center in northwestern Wisconsin is closed indefinitely as federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration investigate. The DEA and the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed an administrative inspection warrant at Cadott Medical Center this week. The Associated Press reports that a DOJ representative says an inspection warrant can include criminal drug investigations and oversight…

UMD Police Investigate Reported Assaults

Two Females Report Being Assaulted in the Same Location

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD Police are investigating multiple reported assaults and are searching for a possible suspect. According to a campus alert two females have been assaulted in the same area, possibly by the same person. At 7:15 Thursday, a female reported to police she was physically assaulted at St. Marie and Kirby Street. Following the issue of a campus…

Community Reacts to Charge in Hibbing Homicide

Benjamin Lundquist has been charged with second degree murder for the death of Joel Gangness.

David Lundquist of Grand Rapids has been charged with murder in the second degree for the death of Joel Gangness. This murder is just the latest in a string of violent acts to take over the Iron Range since other homicides in May and June of 2015. “I’ve been here long enough to know that it’s not the type of…

East Third Street Arson Suspect Found

Being Held on $25,000 Bail

DULUTH, Minn-One woman is behind bars for her alleged involvement in an arson at a duplex at 219 East Third Street in Duluth Jan. 11. Cindy Libby, 48, has been charged with felony first-degree burglary, along with aggravated robbery. So far, she has not been charged with arson. According to St. Louis County Court officials, she brought a knife into…

Level III Predatory Offender Relocating to 22nd Avenue West in Duluth

Willie Vaughn-BeyDULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is notifying the public of the release and relocation of a Level III Predatory Offender into the 200 North block of 22nd Avenue West in Duluth. Fifty-five-year-old, Willie James Vaughn-Bey, has a history of sexual contact with teenage and adult female victims. Contact included sexual touching, contact with the adult victims included…

Hibbing Murder Suspect Charged

Held on $1 Million Bail

HIBBING, Minn.- Benjamin Lundquist, 32, has been charged with second-degree murder with intent, in connection with Monday’s Hibbing homicide case. He’s being held on $1 million bail. The victim has been identified as Joel Gangness. Categories: Crime, News, News – Latest News Tags: crime hibbing news

Level III Predatory Offender Returning to Hibbing

James Chavers Jr. HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender returning to the area. Sixty-year-old, James Chavers Jr. will be relocating to the 1600 block of 7th Avenue East in Hibbing. He is described at 5’11” with brown eyes, gray or partial graying hair, and approximately 203 pounds. His offense…

Veterans React to Memorial Vandalism

The Northland Vietnam Memorial was recently vandalized. Local veterans called the act a "disgrace".

Northland Vietnam veterans have a few choice words for those who vandalized the Northland Vietnam Memorial. “It’s a disgrace of course to all veterans that something like that would happen,” said Vietnam veteran Ray Stahl. To veterans and the community, the memorial is more than just a piece of rock and concrete, it’s a legacy and a reminder of the…

Mother and Son Arrested in Meth Bust

Facing Multiple Felony Counts

CHISHOLM, Minn.-Two people in Chisholm are facing multiple felony charges after allegedly being busted for having a meth lab in a camper trailer last week. Constance Carlson, 45, is being held on $50,000 bail for her role in the incident for possession of meth with the intent to manufacture it. Her son, 26-year-old Mykal Myers, is facing four felonies including…

Homicide in Hibbing Has Community Concerned

Suspect Arrested in Crime That Leaves Some Iron Rangers Worried

HIBBING, Minn. – A homicide investigation continues tonight in Hibbing. It was yesterday when a man was found dead in his Hibbing apartment, and by last night a man had been arrested in connection with the case. While checking on a man who hadn’t shown up to work on Tuesday, police discovered a body in a Hibbing apartment. On Tuesday…

Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Restored

Markings on The Duluth Lakewalk Memorial are Removed

DULUTH, Minn- The Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial that was vandalized earlier this week is now back to its previous condition. The Lakewalk memorial that lists the names of the 136 northland residents who died in Vietnam was vandalized with silver marker. Police chief Mike Tusken posted a message to those responsible on Facebook, saying, “Disgracing this memorial and the veterans…

Duluth Police Warn of an Increase in Fake Money

"Motion Picture Use Only" printed on them

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is warning the public of an increase in fake and counterfeit bills circulating in the Duluth area. Specifically bills that have “Motion Picture Use Only” printed on them. The bills may appear real,…

State Sues Former UW-Oshkosh Chancellor, Business Officer

MADISON (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System regents have filed a lawsuit against UW-Oshkosh’s former chancellor and chief business officers over alleged improper financial transactions with the school’s foundation. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges Chancellor Richard Wells and Chief Business Officer Thomas Sonnleitner illegally transferred millions of dollars from the university to its foundation between 2010 and 2014 to…

Homicide Investigation Underway In Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Hibbing Police Department are investigating a homicide. Hibbing police discovered the body while conducting a welfare check around 10 a.m. Tuesday on a person who lived in an apartment at 3901 1st Avenue. Investigators suspect foul play in the man’s death. Benjamin Lundquist, 32,…

Vandals Strike Duluth’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial

There was growing anger and sadness Tuesday after vandals defaced Duluth Vietnam Veterans Memorial. News traveled fast for family members of the veterans whose names are engraved on the monument, which is near the Lakewalk. One of those people was Judith McKeever, of Duluth, whose brother Michael was killed in the Vietnam War nearly 50 years ago. “It’s like somebody…

Officers, Subject Identified in Hibbing Officer-Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified two officers in an officer involved shooting incident that happened last Friday in Hibbing. Captain Kurt Metzing is a 19-year veteran with the Hibbing Police Department and Officer Cody Loewen has been with the Hibbing Police Department for three years. Both officers fired their…

Obama Cuts Short Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence

She is just one of 209 inmates being granted a shorter sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents. The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks….

Appeals Court Upholds Provisional Release of Sex Offender

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The state Court of Appeals has upheld a judicial panel’s decision to provisionally release a man from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Jesse Lee, formally known as Dennis Wisinger, pleaded guilty in 1976 to kidnapping and raping a woman in Ramsey County. He was civilly committed and asked for a provisional discharge from the sex offender program…

Residents Look for Answers After Apartment Explosion in Rice Lake

A Rice Lake man was killed when he set off an explosion inside his apartment.

RICE LAKE, Wis.- A Rice Lake man is dead after police say he followed through on his threat to blow up an explosive device in his apartment. Authorities received a 911 call late Sunday night from 44-year-old Joseph Zunker. He told police that he had a bomb and would blow up his apartment building. Police acted within minutes and saved…

DOJ Says KleinBank Used Discriminatory Lending Practices

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The United States Department of Justice has sued a Minnesota bank for allegedly engaging in mortgage lending practices that discriminate against minorities. In a lawsuit filed Friday, the DOJ says KleinBank engaged in “redlining.” The DOJ says that’s when banks will actively deny or avoid providing credit services to consumers because of racial demographics or because of…

U.S. Official Says Orlando Nightclub Shooter’s Widow has been Arrested

Facing charges in Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. law enforcement official says the FBI has arrested the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter. The official says Noor Salman was taken into custody in the San Francisco area, Monday morning, and is due in court Tuesday in California. She’s facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. The official was not authorized to discuss…

Man Killed After Setting Off Apartment Explosion

Officers tried to make contact when he set off the explosion

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have confirmed that a man was killed after he followed through on his threat to explode a bomb in his apartment building, in a small northwestern Wisconsin community. Rice Lake police say 12 to 14 residents were evacuated before the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the one-story building Sunday night. Police Captain Tracy…

Prosecutors Charge Man in Saudi College Student’s Death

Facing one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated battery

Cullen OsburnMADISON (AP) – Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with killing a Saudi Arabian college student in a northwestern Wisconsin city. Cullen Osburn faces one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated battery in connection with UW-Stout student Hussain Alnahdi’s death in October. The Eau Clair Leader-Telegram reports that a criminal complaint says police responding to a…

Officer-Involved Shooting in Hibbing

Two Taken to Hospital

HIBBING, Minn. – An officer involved shooting occurred in Hibbing late this afternoon, leaving two injured at the 2900 block of Third Avenue East. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken over the investigation. On Friday, January 13, around 12:45 p.m., two Hibbing police officers responded to a 911 call of a person with a…

Newborn Kidnapped 18 Years Ago Found Alive

She was just 8 hours old when she was taken

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A newborn girl stolen form a Florida hospital 18 years ago has been found alive, and overwhelmed, in South Caroline, where police accused the woman who raised her of kidnapping. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said, Friday, DNA analysis identified the young woman, who never knew her birth name was Kamiyah Mobley. He said she’s in good…

Grand Rapids Burglary Suspect Caught

Facing Multiple Felony Counts

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-The Itasca County District Attorney has filed a criminal complaint against a 59–year–old Swatara man on six counts of felony burglary. Michael Hanson has been accused of robbing multiple businesses in the Grand Rapids area during a five–month period. Many of the counts carry with it a $10,000 find and up to five years in prison. Hanson is…

Update in Duluth Murder Case

Not Guilty Plea Entered

DULUTH, Minn.-The suspect in a October murder case in Duluth has plead not guilty to second-degree murder. Aaron Humphreys, 42, entered the plea yesterday in connection with his involvement in a shooting on the 2000 Block of West Superior Street. Eric Burns, 47, was killed in the incident. Humphreys is currently in jail on a $1 million bond. His next…

Fire Deaths in Minnesota Drop to Second-Lowest Level Ever

Fire marshal urges Minnesotans to keep taking fire prevention seriously

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Authorities report that one person died in the morning hours of January 12, at an apartment fire in Mound. This is the first fire fatality of 2017 for the state of Minnesota, and it comes on the heels of a near record-setting year for fire deaths in the state. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety released…

Man Paroled in Minnesota Charged in Fatal Nebraska Shooting

Released less than two years ago in Minnesota

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A man released on parole less than two years ago for a Minnesota slaying has been charged with fatally shooting an Omaha woman and injuring her fiance last fall. Omaha police say 31-year-old Tyeric Lessley was arrested Tuesday in Omaha and is shceduled to appear before a judge Thursday afternoon. Court records say he’s charged with…

Trial Set for Ex-Milwaukee Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting

Start date for the trial is set for June 2017

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Attorneys in the case of a former Milwaukee police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man have told a judge there will be a June trial. The agreement between District Attorney John Chisholm and defense attorney Richard Kohn came during a hearing Thursday. It indicates a plea deal is not in the works. Former officer Dominique…

Driver of Stolen Vehicle in Labor, 7 Children Inside

Children found with packaging tape over their mouths

RAMSEY, Minn. (AP) – Police in a Twin Cities suburb say they found a driver of a minivan in labor and seven children, some with mouths taped shut, in a vehicle officers suspected was stolen. Authorities say an officer stopped the vehicle in Ramsey just after midnight, Tuesday, for a traffic violation and learned it had been stolen out of…

Two Arrested Following Discovery of Meth Lab on Iron Range

Lab Poses No Danger to Public

CHISHOLM – Wednesday around 5:20 p.m. the Chisholm Police Department reported to a suspicious activity call on the 500 block of 4th St. NW. The investigation soon lead to the address of 511 4th St. NW where officers discovered what appeared to be a clandestine laboratory in a camper trailer on the property. A search warrant confirmed the existence of…

DWI Campaign a Success

More Than 70 Arrested in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-The results are in after an extra DWI enforcement campaign was held during November and December in Minnesota. More than 300 law enforcement groups took part in the event, which resulted in 2,400 arrests for DWI. That’s down about 100 from last year’s event. The Minnesota State Patrol in the Duluth area arrested 38 people for DWI while the…

Two Arrested in Connection with Business Burglaries

Businesses involved were located in Deer River and Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Law enforcement reports that two individuals were arrested and taken into custody on January 9, 2017, in connection with burglaries in Deer River and Grand Rapids. Michael Hanson According to Grand Rapids Police Investigator, Kevin Ott, on the morning of January 7, a burglary was reported as a flower shop in Deer River. During the investigation,…

Level III Predatory Offender Released

Lives on 22nd Avenue West

DULUTH, Minn.-Anthony Chacon, 27, a level III predatory offender has been released and is living at the 200 North block of 22nd Avenue West in Duluth. The offender has a history of sexual contact with minor girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 15. Contact has included penetration and gained compliance through physical force. The victims knew their…

Connection to Superior Murder Case to be Extradited

Person of Interest from Duluth

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Jamar Smith, 25, of Duluth, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and misdemeanor bail jumping in connection with a murder that took place behind the Third Base Bar in Superior New Year’s Day. Currently Smith is being held on a probation hold in Minnesota after being arrested in St. Louis County Jan. 4…

School Bus Crash in Hibbing

The incident occurred at 3:54 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Fire Department responded to the report of a vehicle crash involving a school bus and a passenger car around 3:54 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, according to Hibbing Fire Marshal, Bryan Fagerstrom. The incident occurred at the intersection of 6th Avenue East and 27th Street. The bus was transporting 18 kids of varying ages. A…

Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death by Federal Jury

Convicted of Slaying Nine Black Parishioners

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ The Latest on the federal sentencing trial of convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The brother of a woman slain by Dylann Roof at Emanuel AME Church says jurors made the right decision in sentencing him to death. Malcolm Graham told The Associated Press by phone the death sentence for Roof…

Community Discusses Sex Trafficking Problem

Gathering focused on raising awareness and finding solutions to trafficking in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – January is human trafficking awareness month, when organizations across the country shine a light on causes and effects of the sex trafficking epidemic. It is estimated that more than 20 million adults and about 2 million children are trafficked worldwide. Sex trafficking is happening in the Twin Ports region, not just in far away places. Because of…

Mother Accused in Teen’s Dismemberment was Child Welfare Worker

Along with her boyfriend, dismembered adoptive daughter as part of rape-murder fantasy

Photos of Sara Packer, 41, Grace Packer, 14, and Jacob Sullivan, 44 (Bucks County Prosecutor’s Office) EASTON, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman charged along with her boyfriend with dismembering her adoptive daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy, previously worked as an adoption supervisor for a children’s welfare agency. Allentown’s The Morning Call newspaper reports Sara Packer…

Michigan Sheriff Puts Self Behind Bars to Learn about Jail

Checked in on Sunday evening and will stay through Tuesday

MASON, Mich. (AP) – A new Michigan sheriff has put himself behind bars to help learn more about how his county jail works. Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth and Undersheriff Andrew Bouck checked themselves into the Ingham County Jail in Mason on Sunday evening. In a statement, the sheriff’s office says they were booked into jail, given jumpsuits, and are…

Woman Sentenced to Over 28 Years for Role in Iron Range Murder

Victim was Her Boyfriend

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Janessa Peters received a 346-month prison sentence after pleading guilty in November  to intentional second-degree murder for her role in the slaying of her boyfriend 28-year-old Harley Jacka of Virginia. Allegedly Jacka was murdered after his Peters requested it be done. Peters is the third of four people to be sentenced for being involved in the murder….

Duluth Police Strategic Planning Results Are In

Results included over 1000 comments and 813 responses from the community

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department continues to develop its new strategic plan, and results of the community survey data have been compiled and analyzed along with information gathered from community meetings and interviews. The department received 813 responses and over 1000 comments during the survey which ran from October 4 through November 20. Results were compiled based on…

Superior Authorities Search for Missing Person on Wisconsin Point

Person from Twin Cities

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Police Department is investigating a missing person’s case on Wisconsin Point. An abandoned vehicle was discovered at the point and it was determined it belonged to a missing person from a Twin Cities suburb. Multiple agencies are investigating the incident as they search along the point. No other information is available in the case. Categories: Crime,…

New Year’s Day Break-in Suspect Facing Seven Felony Charges

$75,000 bail set

DULUTH, Minn.-A Duluth man is being held on $75,000 bail after allegedly breaking into a Chester Park home on New Year’s Day and holding two women against their will while also threatening to shoot a 2-year-old. Phillip Butenhoff, 31, is facing seven felony charges in relation to the incident including first degree burglary, kidnapping to commit bodily harm, and five…

Reports: Multiple People Shot at Fort Lauderdale Airport

At least nine people were shot according to Miami area TV stations

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – News media outlets are reporting that multiple people have been shot at Fort Lauderdale international airport. On its official Twitter account, airport officials said there was an “ongoing incident” in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area. They did not elaborate. Miami area television stations are reporting that at least nine people were shot and that the…