Crime

Male Arrested on Felony Warrant and Firearm Charges

1100 block of 87th Avenue West

Ryan Lahti, 35DULUTH, Minn. – Friday afternoon, just after 1:30 a.m., the Duluth Police Department responded to a residence in the 1100 block of 87th Avenue West after receiving information that an individual residing there had a felony warrant. Officers arrived at the location and found the vehicle belonging to the individual. An officer observed the male inside the residence,…

Amtrak Officer Faces Murder Charge in Fatal Chicago Shooting Involving Minnesota Man

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors have charged an Amtrak police officer in the shooting death of a Minneapolis man outside Chicago’s Union Station. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office announced Friday that 31-year-old LaRoyce Tankson surrendered to police Thursday. He has been charged with first-degree murder int he February 8 shooting of 25-year-old Chad Robertson, who died Wednesday. Robertson was taking…

Panel Discusses Untested Rape Kits

Duluth leads Minnesota in the number of untested rape kits. A panel discussed the reasons for the backlog and what's being done to fix it.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth has the highest number of untested rape kits in the entire state. UMD hosted a panel that discussed the reasons for the backlog and the progress being made to fix the problem. Panelists represented law enforcement, advocates, and prosecutors.The panel received feedback from the community on how to proceed with the initiative and how to cater…

Duluth Man Found Guilty in September Hermantown Drive-By Shooting

The incident happened Sept. 24, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man, Robert John Lund, 47, was convicted on four counts of aiding and abetting second degree attempted murder, four counts of aiding and abetting drive-by shooting, and one count of ineligible possession of a firearm, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. For four hours, a St. Louis County jury deliberated before returning…

14-year-old Boy Accused of Fatally Shooting 2 Brothers

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) – Prosecutors have filed charges against a 14-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting two teenage brothers during a failed attempted to rob them of money and marijuana at a house in a Milwaukee suburb. Charging documents filed Wednesday say the boy told investigators he didn’t plan on hurting anyone but became scared when he got into…

Minneapolis Man Shot by Chicago Amtrak Police Officer Dies

Chad Robertson (pictured top right) of Minneapolis was shot by an Amtrak police officer in Chicago.CHICAGO (AP) – A Minneapolis man who was shot by Amtrak police near Chicago’s Union Station has died. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says 25-year-old Chad Robertson died Wednesday. Robertson was taking a bus from Memphis to Minneapolis and was on a stopover in Chicago…

Teammates Remember Homicide Victim

William Grahek was killed in Duluth's first homicide of 2017. His rugby teammates remember their teammate for his smile and positivity.

DULUTH, Minn. – The victim of Duluth’s first homicide of 2017 is twenty-two-year old William Grahek. He is the son of a St. Paul police sergeant and also served in the Army. Police have a person of interest, but have made no arrests or charges. The investigation remains active. Grahek played on the UMD Fighting Penguins rugby team. His teammates…

East Hillside Neighbors On Edge After Homicide

City officials met with Duluth residents to help answer questions about the shooting investigation

DULUTH, Minn. – While family and friends of Will Grahek are mourning, people in the East Hillside neighborhood, where the shooting occurred, are a bit on edge with a shooter on the loose. Neighbors say they’ve occasionally had their cars broken into, but nothing like a fatal shooting and officers on the streets with rifles out. They hope it’s an…

Duluth Community Leaders React to Recent Violence

Six Shootings Happened in City Since Mid-January

DULUTH, Minn. – So far, 2017 is shaping up as a violent year in Duluth. “This is not the norm of what we’ve seen,” said Mayor Emily Larson.  “There’s no question about it.” Despite six shootings in less than a month, Mayor Larson says the recent rash gun violence in Duluth isn’t unique to the city. “I think Duluth is…

Student Killed in Shooting was Son of St. Paul Police Sergeant

Will Grahek FacebookDULUTH, Minn. – The 22-year-old victim in Tuesday’s shooting, has been identified as William Andrew Grahek, a Duluth resident. Authorities have stated that no suspect is in custody at this time, and the investigation continues to be very active at this time as they follow up with numerous leads. Grahek is the son of St. Paul Police Sergeant Jon…

Man Arrested after 6-Hour Stand-Off with Police in Babbitt

Formal Charges are expected later this week

BABBITT, Minn. – Late Tuesday night, around 11:30 p.m., the Babbitt Police Department responded to a Stephen Nagel, 60 disturbance at the Alder Inn Motel. Upon arrival, officers encountered an adult male who had barricaded himself in a room. After determining an immediate threat to the safety of civilians and officers, the St. Louis County Emergency Response Team was called…

Hearing in Case Against Office Charged in Philando Castile’s Death

ST. PAUL (AP) – A judge is set to hear arguments on whether to dismiss the case against a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man during a July traffic stop. St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez is charged with manslaughter and other counts int he July 6 shooting of Philando Castile. Prosecutors have said Castile was…

Victim Identified in East 11th Street Shooting

The incident happened around 2 p.m. in the 500 block of East 11th Street

UPDATE 2/15: The 22-year-old victim has been identified as William Andrew Grahek, a Duluth resident. Authorities have stated that no suspect is in custody at this time, and the investigation continues to be very active at this time as they follow up with numerous leads.   ORIGINAL REPORT: Will GrahekFacebook DULUTH, Minn. – Another shooting has been reported Tuesday around…

Dating Dangers: Online Dating in the Northland

Special Report: Avoiding Internet Scams

DULUTH, Minn. – Finding the love of your life and being part of a happy, lasting relationship is a reason many head online to connect with someone special. “I was attracted to online dating because it kind of narrows the playing field a little bit,” said a Minnesota man looking for love, “the idea of like going out to a…

Duluth City Council Tackles Housing, Rentals, and Police Overtime

The city approved rezoning of an area to create more housing and overtime for police officers to work with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

DULUTH, Minn. – From housing to overtime for police officers, the Duluth City CouFrom housing to overtime for police officers…the duluth city council addressed some of the community’s most pressing needs. The council approved rezoning an area near Spirit Mountain. The move allows for a mixed use development of land on the lower side of Grand Avenue. The current plan…

No Restitution for Danny Heinrich

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The man who admitted last year that he abducted and killed Jacob Wetterling in 1989, will not have to pay restitution to his victims. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Danny Heinrich won’t pay restitution, after the government told the court that no restitution was owed. Heinrich is serving 20 years in federal prison for child pornography….

Appellate Court Takes Up Brendan Dassey’s Case

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal appeals court will consider the fate of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family’s…

Jerry Sandusky’s Son Jeffrey Arrested on Child Sex Charges

Charged with 14 counts of various sexual offenses

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons faces multiple charges of sexual offenses involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested. Court records filed Monday says 41-year-old Jeffrey S. Sandusky was charged with 14 counts, including criminal solicitation and corruption of minors. The online court docket says Jeffrey Sandusky…

Wisconsin, Minnesota Team Up to Take on Painkiller Abuse

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming up to tackle prescription painkiller abuse. The attorneys general from both states met at the Minnesota Capitol Monday to discuss their “Dose of Reality” campaign. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says prescription opioid deaths now outpace heroin overdoses nationwide. Their campaign includes a startling public service announcement featuring a mother who…

35-Year-Old Arrested and Charged for Sale of Fentanyl

Byron Robinson, 35DULUTH, Minn. – Thirty-five-year-old Byron Terrell Robinson, of Duluth, was arrested on Thursday, February 9, after the Duluth and Superior Police Departments along with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force conducted a search warrant at an apartment in the 500 block of North 40th Avenue West. The search warrant was the result of an investigation…

3 Duluth Men Charged In I-35 Drive-by Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police have arrested and charged three men believed to be involved in the drive-by shooting that took place on Sunday, Feb. 5 on I-35. Duluth police initially responded to a call at a local hospital after receiving information of a 19-year-old male being admitted with an apparent gunshot wound. It was determined that the shootings took place…

Superior Man Sentenced for Role in Hermantown Drive-by Shooting

Suspect Gets 7 1/2 Years

Denzel PerrinDULUTH, Minn.- A Superior man was sentenced today to 7 1/2 years in prison for his role in a September drive-by shooting in Hermantown. Denzel Perrin, 20, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of felony drive-by shooting. One person was shot in the incident and left with non-life threatening injuries. Another suspect in the case, 47-year-old Robert Lund,…

SPECIAL REPORT: Dating Dangers

Join us for our Special Report: Dating Dangers, Tuesday after Bones

Join us Tuesday, February 14 after Bones, for our special report, Dating Dangers. While online dating has worked for many, there are some who have fallen victim to con artists looking to steal their possessions and even their identities. FOX 21’s Natalie Froistad will look at how people can avoid becoming a victim of potential scams associated with online dating….

Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Gets Millions of Views

Website Averages Nearly 500,000 Views a Month

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin’s online resources to find details about sex offenders are generating millions of page views. USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that sections of the state Department of Corrections’ website that provide details on sex offenders generated 19 million page views last year. The department’s sex offender registry, offender locator and “Wisconsin’s Most Wanted” averaged a combined 481,000 visits…

Drunk Driver Attempts to Flee Deputy by Driving Across Green Lake

Fled with his children inside the vehicle

CHISAGO CITY, Minn. (KMSP – Fox 9) – Chisago County sheriff’s deputies arrested a drunk driver who got into his car with his children inside and attempted to flee authorities by driving across Green Lake in Chisago City, Minnesota Thursday afternoon. A deputy doing routine patrol on the lake was alerted to the drunk driver after concerned citizens called to…

Border Agents Seize Nearly 4,000 Pounds of Marijuana Hidden in Fake Key Limes

1/2 (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) Show Caption Hide Caption FOX NEWS – Authorities in Texas last month recovered about 4,000 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a shipment of fake key limes near the U.S.-Mexico Border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials found the drugs in a commercial shipment on…

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…