Crime

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…

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….