Crime

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…

Ashland Accident Update: Driver Goes onto Lake Superior

Issued Citation for OWI

From the Ashland Fire Department ASHLAND, Wis.-Yesterday morning authorities found a car that had gone over an enbankment off Johnson Road in the Township of Sanborn near Ashland, landing on the frozen shoreline of Lake Superior 15 feet below. Various authorities responded and rescued the driver, 48-year-old Susan Malueg of Ironwood, Mich. She was later transported to a hospital. The…

One Suspect Pleads Guilty in Hermantown Drive-By

Another Suspect Will be in Court Feb. 9

DULUTH, Minn. – A Superior man has plead guilty to three counts of felony drive–by shooting in relation to a September incident in Hermantown. Denzel Perrin Denzel Perrin, 20, is facing 7 1/2 years in jail for his involvement in the shooting which led to one person being shot with non–life threatening injuries. He will be sentenced Feb. 13. Another…

Local Expert Discusses Sex Offender Program Ruling

Christos Petsoulis of the Duluth Institute talks about offender rehabilitation

DULUTH, Minn. – Yesterday a federal appeals court tossed out an earlier ruling that the Minnesota sex offender program is unconstitutional. The program keeps sex offenders confined indefinitely after their release from prison. Over 700 people are currently in sex offender program. Only a handful of offenders have been released from the program over its 20 year history. Governor Mark…

Cloquet Murder Update

Omnibus Hearing Set for Feb. 27

CLOQUET, Minn.-Wayne Bosto, 33, was in Carlton County Court today for a preliminary hearing in connection with the murder of a Cloquet man last month. Bosto has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing 36-year-old John Korby on the Fond du Lac Reservation Dec. 23. He is also facing a charge of being a felon in possession…

Tofte Murder Trial Date Moved

Will Take Place in Spring or Early Summer

TOFTE, Minn.-A trial that was set for next week for a man accused of shooting and killing another man at Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte in 2015 has been delayed until late spring or early summer. 62-year-old Kirk Bigby has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Marcus Roberts of Bloomington Minnesota. Bigby has been held on…

Wisconsin Man Accused of Locking Woman in Wooden Box

Facing charges of felony kidnapping and sexual assault charges

Allen JamrozMILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin authorities say a man locked a woman inside a wooden box with screws after using a stun gun to subdue her and forcing her to perform a sex act. The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office says 54-year-old Allen Jamroz of Mosinee is being held on $30,000 bail and faces felony kidnapping and sexual assault charges. He…

Shooting in Pine City

Police Still Investigating

PINE CITY, Minn.-A shooting in Pine City Monday has left one man with an injured leg. Pine County dispatch received a call of gun shots at about 10 p.m. yesterday at the Pine Terrace Trailer Park where they found a 47-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his left leg. He was later transferred to a hospital in the Twin…

Unconstitutional Ruling Thrown Out for Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program

Federal Appeals Court Throws Out Judges Decision

MINNEAPOLIS – Today, a federal appeals court tossed out a ruling that the Minnesota sex offender program is unconstitutional. A Minnesota judge ruled the program unconstitutional in the summer of 2015. At that time, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank cited how rarely anyone gets released from the program and ordered several changes. Those changes included included assessing the more than…

Shakopee Teacher Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

Teacher Killed at Mankato Country Inn & Suites

FROM FOX 9 MINNEAPOLIS MANKATO, Minn. – A man who died in an officer-involved shooting in Mankato over the weekend has been identified as Shakopee school teacher Chase Tuseth. On Saturday morning, Mankato police responded to a disturbance at the Country Inn & Suites there. Tuseth was reportedly behind the counter in the lobby and was throwing items. According to…

10-Month-Old Revived Twice After Being Exposed to Fentanyl

The incident remains under investigation

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) – Authorities in Massachusetts say a 10-month-old baby had to be revived twice after she was exposed to fentanyl. Police arrived at the Methuen residence early Saturday afternoon after receiving a report of a child not breathing. First responders took the child to Lawrence General Hospital, where police say she stopped breathing twice and had to be…

Superior Police Investigate City’s First Homicide Of 2017

Second Shooting Victim In Critical Condition

1/2 David Androsky, 27 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Kyle Androsky, 21 Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE: Superior Police have released the names of the victims involved in this shooting. The deceased victim has been identified as 21-year-old, Kyle Androsky, and the second victim that was shot in the chest is 27-year-old David Androsky. An autopsy is scheduled for Kyle…

Prosecutor Decides No Criminal Charges for Gopher Football Players

Alleged sexual assault happened off-campus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Ten suspended Minnesota football players will not face criminal charges for their involvement in an alleged sexual assault that happened off-campus. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the decision Friday in his second look at the September incident. Freeman previously declined to charge the players in November, citing lack of evidence. A school investigation of the incident…

Charles Manson Follower Seeks Parole 47 Years after Killings

Currently the longest serving female prisoner in California

Courtesy: New York TimesSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A parole hearing has started for Patricia Krenwinkel, an accomplice of cult killer Charles Manson and the longest-serving female inmate in California. The hearing, Thursday, comes 47-year after Krenwinkel helped kill pregnant actress, Sharon Tate and six other people, including grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. The 69-year-old has been denied parole…

Minnesota Officer Fired for Hitting Teen, Now Reinstated

Video showed the officer to have hit a Somali-American teen in 2015

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) – An arbitrator has reinstated a Minnesota police officer who was fired after a Twitter video appeared to show him hitting a Somali-American teen last year. Richfield police say the arbitrator reversed Nate Kinsey’s termination Wednesday. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and special prosecutor reviewed the case and declined to charge Kisney, but the 10-year department veteran…

Explosive Device Located in Superior

Device was moved to disarm and preserve evidence

SUPERIOR, Wisc.-An explosive device was found yesterday by the Superior Police Department with the help of the Marathon County Bomb Squad. Superior responded to a suspicious package at the 2000 block of East Seventh Street at about 12 p.m. The packaged looked like it was either a backpack or duffel bag and had items sticking out of it. A perimeter…

Suspicious Device Found in Superior

Duffel Bag Contained Possible Explosives

Superior Police Department officers were dispatched to a suspicious package in the 2000 block of E 7th Street Tuesday afternoon. Someone had left a duffel bag with items sticking out of it. The object was later determined to be an explosive device or made to look like an explosive device. Officers called out for a bomb squad, the Marathon County…

New Drunken Driving Penalties to Begin in Wisconsin

New Year, New Penalties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Repeat drunken drivers will face tougher penalties in Wisconsin starting with the new year. Governor Scott Walker signed a law in April that makes a fourth drunken driving offense a felony regardless of when it’s committed. Currently a fourth offense is a felony only if committed within five years of a third offense. The law also…

2 Bodies Found Outside Superior Home

Incident happened on December 21, 2016 in the Butler Park are of Superior

UPDATE: After an exam of the scene, preliminary investigation and preliminary autopsy results, Superior Police Department reports that it appears both Shirley Johnson and Richard Ellison, who were found outside of their home in the Butler Park are of Superior on December 21, died due to exposure to the cold. The Superior Police Department is currently awaiting final autopsy and…

Deputy shooting found to be justified

Eveleth officer-involved shooting justified

A St. Louis County sheriff’s deputy was found justified in using deadly force to shoot a fleeing felon. Deputy Tim Officer  shot 27-year-old Aaron Boshey of Tower after a 17-minute car chase through Eveleth Nov. 22. Boshey was originally pulled over on a felony warrant. Boshey eventually drove off the road and ran into the woods where Officer shot him….

Carlton County Jail looking at enhancements

Focusing on rehabilitating re-offenders

The Carlton County Jail took a huge step today in making their jail stronger. Numerous law enforcement stakeholders met in there today to discuss how the needs and issues the jail is currently facing. Recently the Carlton County Board approved funding for an assessment study for the jail at a cost of $67,000. Officials told Fox 21 today they are…