Crime

Attorneys: Rittenhouse Trial in November Could Take 2 Weeks

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys say the November trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man accused of killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin last summer, could take up to two weeks. Rittenhouse’s attorneys and prosecutors confirmed with Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder during a status conference Friday that the trial will begin…

AG Ellison to Take Over Prosecution in Daunte Wright Shooting Death

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is taking over the prosecution of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter for the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, FOX 9 has confirmed. Ellison’s handling of the case will include a review of the criminal charges. There is no word yet if the charges will be enhanced to murder. Sources…

Rittenhouse Due to Make First in-Person Court Appearance

(Antioch Police Department via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man accused of killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, is expected to make his first in-person court appearance. Rittenhouse is set to appear at a status conference Friday morning in Kenosha County Circuit Court. Rittenhouse’s attorneys and prosecutors…

Appeals Court Hears Case of 3 Ex-Cops Charged in Floyd Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for the state and for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are making oral arguments Thursday before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Prosecutors will seek to add an additional charge of aiding and abetting third-degree murder to the case. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao are already charged with…

Standoff In Superior Ends Safely With Arrest

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A standoff situation in Superior ended peacefully with a felony arrest of a man. The call for help came in around 5 p.m. Wednesday for a disturbance at a residents on the 1600 block of Cumming Avenue. During the investigation, authorities learned a male suspect with several warrants for his arrest, including one for a felony charge,…

Wisconsin Judge Jailed After Appearing on Child Porn Charges

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin juvenile court judge accused of possessing and distributing child pornography was taken into federal custody after making his initial appearance in court. The lawyer for Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Brett Blomme, charged in federal court with two counts of distributing child pornography, said in court Wednesday that Blomme decided on his own not to seek…

Gilbert Man Arrested, Charged for Exposing Himself to Children

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Police say a 27-year-old Gilbert man was arrested Monday after exposing his genitals to multiple children and hitting a woman on the buttocks as she mowed her lawn in Virginia. According to the criminal complaint, Logan Andrew Smitherman has been charged with fifth-degree non-consensual sexual contact and two charges of fifth-degree lewd exhibition with children under 16…

NorthlandAlert Used For First Time To Alert Public Of Loose NERCC Inmate

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn. — If you ever want to be aware of emergency situations unfolding in St. Louis County as they happen, you can sign up for NorthlandAlert. It’s a free warning service you can subscribe to and get alerts through emails, texts, and phone calls. It covers many types of emergency situations in the county, and was used…

Duluth Man on Parole for Murder, Now Charged in Kidnapping, Rape

DULUTH, Minn. – A 62-year-old Duluth man currently out on parole for first-degree murder has been charged for the kidnapping and rape of a woman over the weekend in St. Louis County. Reports state that Dennis John Hannuksela has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. According to the criminal complaint, the…

‘Armed and Dangerous’ Suspect Wanted in Two Cloquet Shootings

One man was hospitalized after being shot in the leg.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department says it’s searching for a suspect believed to be involved in two separate shootings in Cloquet early Monday morning. According to police, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home at 227 Scotty Drive just after midnight. Officers responded to the residence and confirmed the shooting. No one was reported…

UPDATE: Officer Charged in Daunte Wright Death to Stand Trial Dec. 6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A December trial date has been set for a former suburban Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter in Daunte Wright’s death. Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter is scheduled to stand trial on Dec. 6, barring any future scheduling conflicts. The date was set during a Monday pretrial hearing, during which Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu…

Officer Charged in Death of Daunte Wright to Appear in Court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former suburban Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter in Daunte Wright’s death is scheduled to appear in court via videoconference. Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter has an omnibus hearing, also known as a pretrial hearing, Monday afternoon in Hennepin County. The hearing is to go over evidence and determine if there is probable cause…

UPDATE: Escaped NERCC Inmate Located, Arrested

SAGINAW, Minn. – Authorities say an inmate who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw on Sunday has been located and arrested. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old James Crabtree, of Hibbing, was located around 10:15 p.m. Sunday in Industrial Township. According to reports, an individual called the Sheriff’s Office to report a ‘suspicious person on…

Sheriff’s Office: NERCC Inmate ‘Walked Away’ From Saginaw Facility

Jesse Crabtree SAGINAW, Minn. – The search is on for an inmate who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw Sunday. He’s Jesse James Crabtree, 48, of Hibbing, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say he “walked away” from the facility around 2:30 p.m. It’s believed Crabtree had contacted someone to pick him up prior…

Virginia Man Charged With Second Degree Murder for Fatal Stabbing

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A 40-year-old Virginia man arrested for stabbing a woman to death in his apartment has been formally charged. Authorities say, Derek Malevich, was arrested Wednesday at a hotel in Virginia following an hours-long manhunt. According to the criminal complaint, dispatch received a call around 2:19 a.m. Wednesday from Malevich saying he needed an ambulance at his apartment…

Northland Law Enforcement Remembers Officers, K9s Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice

For the first time since 2019, law enforcement agencies came together to honor the fallen, in-person

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time since 2019 law enforcement agencies from across the Northland came together in-person to honor those who died in the line of duty, at the Law Enforcement Memorial Luncheon downtown. Across the country this week, law enforcement chaplains are honoring the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting. “When a law…

Proctor Teen Charged in Eveleth Stabbing

PROCTOR, Minn. – Authorities say a 16-year-old boy from Proctor has been charged with felony second-degree assault after stabbing a 20-year-old man in Eveleth on Monday morning. According to the Eveleth Police Chief, the teen stabbed the victim several times during a fight. The incident happened around 4:00 a.m. on the 300 block of 15th Avenue West in Eveleth. The…

Trial for 3 Ex-Officers Charged in George Floyd’s Death Delayed to 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The trial for the three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is being postponed until March 2022, Judge Peter Cahill ruled Thursday. The federal civil rights case against all four officers involved in Floyd’s death will now take priority. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng are all charged with aiding and…

Virginia Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Stabbing Following 7-Hour Search

40-year-old Derek Malevich is being held on preliminary charges of second-degree murder at the Saint Louis County Jail in Virginia.

VIRGINIA, Minn.-  A hours-long manhunt in Virginia Wednesday for a man suspected of stabbing a woman to death in his own apartment ended at a nearby hotel — where they took 40-year-old Derek Malevich into custody. “A buddy of mine was asking if I was okay he said ‘yeah there was just a stabbing like just down the block from…

Superior Police Pursuit Ends in Two-Vehicle Crash in Hermantown, One Arrested

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A police pursuit that began in Superior on Tuesday evening ended in a two-vehicle crash in Hermantown with multiple injuries. According to the Superior Police Department, officers attempted to stop the 25-year-old male suspect around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday that was involved in…

Update: Suspect in Fatal Stabbing Located in Virginia

UPDATE: Authorities say the Virginia Police Department, Minnesota BCA, and the Saint Louis County Sheriff’s Office located Malevich in a room at the Quality Inn Suites in Virginia around 9:08 a.m. Malevich is being held on second-degree murder charges at the Saint Louis County Virginia Jail. The MN BCA and the Virginia Police Department are actively investigating the homicide. UPDATE:…

Ruling Paves Way for Longer Sentence in George Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has found aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd. The ruling made public Wednesday paves the way for a longer sentence for former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. He was convicted in April on murder and manslaughter counts. He’s scheduled to be sentenced June 25. Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, he would have faced a…

Judge Denies Media Requests for Cameras at Potter Hearing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Tuesday denied media requests to allow cameras at an upcoming hearing for a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright’s death. Kim Potter, 48, is charged with manslaughter in Wright’s death during a traffic stop April 11 in Brooklyn Center. The city’s police chief at the time said he believed Potter, who is white, mixed…

Duluth Police Looking for Suspect in Stabbing

The suspect reportedly fled the scene and has not yet been identified.

DULUTH, Minn.– On May 5th at 6:03pm, Duluth Police were called to an address in the 500 block of West 4th Street on a report of a female who had been stabbed and another male who had a broken leg.  The suspect reportedly fled the scene and has not yet been identified. The female victim was transported from the scene…

Charges Imminent In Minnesota Bank Hostage Case

(Stearns County Sheriff’s Office via AP) ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Charges are expected to be filed against a man accused of holding five employees hostage during a standoff at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, bank that lasted more than eight hours. The Star Tribune reports that Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall said a criminal complaint against the 35-year-old suspect was…

Derek Chauvin Indictment Details: Boy, 14, Held by Throat, Hit With Flashlight in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Derek Chauvin has been indicted on federal civil rights charges for a 2017 incident in which he’s accused of holding a 14-year-old boy down by the throat and striking the child multiple times in the head with a flashlight. These federal charges come at the same time as a separate indictment charging Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police…

4 Ex-Cops Indicted on US Civil Rights Charges in Floyd Death

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air. Indictments unsealed Friday name Derek…

Wisconsin Man Accused of Sex Crimes Pleads Not Guilty to 84 Charges

RACINE (AP) – A Wisconsin man accused of sex crimes ranging from assault to possession of child pornography has pleaded not guilty to 84 charges. Forty-six-year-old Shane Stanger, of Burlington, faces 10 counts of second-degree sexual assault with an unconscious person, 66 counts relating to images or videos that rise to the level of a sex crime, six counts of…

St. Cloud Hostage Situation Ends with Man in Custody

any people had run out of the bank by the time officers arrived, but five employees were held hostage.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – Police in Minnesota say a man accused of holding five employees hostage at a bank has been captured after an hours-long standoff. St. Cloud police Chief Blair Anderson says the suspect, 35-year-old Ray Reco McNeary, has a long criminal history. Police say McNeary was involved in a dispute at the bank Thursday afternoon and the…

St. Cloud Bank Robbery, Hostage Situation Ongoing

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (FOX 9) – St. Cloud police are responding to a reported bank robbery and hostage situation at a Wells Fargo, according to police and Wells Fargo officials. According to St. Cloud police, at 1:48 p.m. officers responded to the bank on 200 33rd Avenue South. The situation is still ongoing and law enforcement remains on the scene. The FBI…

Shooting at Idaho Middle School Injures 3; Student Captured

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Authorities say a shooting at an eastern Idaho middle school has injured two students and a custodian, and a student suspected of being the shooter has been taken into custody. The Jefferson County sheriff says the victims’ injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. Police were called to the school around 9:15 a.m. Thursday, and multiple law…

Duluth Police Investigating Two East Hillside Shots Fired Incidents

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating two shots fired incidents in the East Hillside neighborhood late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. According to police, officers responded to the first incident of shots fired around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday on North 3rd Avenue East and East 8th Street. When officers arrived at the scene they found multiple shell casings on…

Superior Gymnastics Coach Charged With Felony Sexual Assault Of Underage Girls

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Superior gymnastics coach was arrested and charged on Wednesday for the alleged sexual assault of two teenagers he coached at Twin Ports Gymnastics. George Deppa Jr., 47, of Superior, is charged with two counts of felony sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and one count of exposing genitals. According to the criminal…

Chauvin Moves to Have Guilty Verdicts Thrown Out, Asks for New Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Derek Chauvin’s attorney filed a motion asking the court to throw out his guilty verdicts and schedule a new trial Tuesday. The filing, made by Attorney Eric Nelson, cites jury intimidation and a failure of the court to sequester the jury as some of the reasons he is asking for a new trial. In the filing, Nelson argues…

Wisconsin Guard Soldier, Friend Charged in Capitol Attack

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Army National Guard member and his friend have been charged with entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack. Abram Markofski and Brandon Nelson are charged with four counts including entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds. Markofski joined the National Guard…

1-Year-Old Killed in Walker Following Hit-and-Run in Driveway, Suspect Arrested

WALKER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a 1-year-old girl was struck and killed in a driveway in Walker, Minnesota Sunday evening. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a call that a girl had been hit by a car on Breezy Point Circle in Shingobee Township around 4:55 p.m. When authorities arrived at the scene they…

Special Report: When Love Turns Deadly

The daughter of murder victim Loretta Billman speaks out to raise awareness about domestic violence.

SAGINAW, Minn. – Every year, more than 600 American women are shot to death by intimate partners — roughly one every 14 hours, according to Giffords.org. The senseless crime has no boundaries, and that was the case just months ago for a woman in Saginaw shot and killed by her significant other in a case of murder-suicide. In a special…

Prosecutors Seek Higher Sentence For Chauvin In Floyd Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Derek Chauvin a penalty that’s more severe than state guidelines call for when he is sentenced in June for George Floyd’s death. In documents filed Friday, prosecutors said many factors warrant a tougher sentence, including that Floyd was particularly vulnerable and that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer….

Police Arrest Minnesota Bar Owner Who Defied Virus Orders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A business owner in southern Minnesota who missed a court date as she faces criminal charges for defying pandemic-related restrictions was arrested Thursday in Iowa. Lisa Hanson, who owns a wine and coffee bar in Albert Lea, was arrested by police in Clear Lake, Iowa near a rental property where she had been staying, the Star Tribune reported. She…

Prosecutor in Daunte Wright’s Death Not Swayed By Critics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As activists in Minnesota press for murder charges against the police officer who shot Daunte Wright, the prosecutor is sticking by the manslaughter charge he filed. Wright died April 11 when the 20-year-old Black motorist was shot during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. The city’s police chief said he believed Kim Potter mixed up her…

Trial of Other Cops Charged in Floyd’s Death to Be Broadcast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin’s murder trial was the first Minnesota criminal trial to be broadcast live on television. It won’t be the last. Some in the Minnesota legal system were apprehensive about allowing the live broadcast of Chauvin’s trial over the killing of George Floyd, but the video feed had no major problems and bolstered the public’s understanding of…

Duluth P.D Investigating Overnight Stabbing in Hillside Neighborhood

The victim was taken to a local hospital where his condition is currently unknown. 

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police continue to investigate a stabbing in the cities east hillside neighborhood. Officers responded to a call shortly before 10 p.m. at 820 east 4th street on reports of a male who had been stabbed and ran into the nearby laundromat. The suspect remains at large Friday morning. Both the victim and the suspect were known…

Special Report Preview: When Love Turns Deadly

Story to air Sunday on FOX 21 Local News at 9

A special report – When Love Turns Deadly – Sunday night on FOX 21 News at 9: “This wasn’t an accident. This man knew who he was taking from us. He saw my mom and he decided that nobody else could have her,” said Kari Matthes, Loretta Billman’s daughter. The daughter of 62-year-old Loretta Billman speaks out to FOX 21’s…