Crime

Defense Wants Trial Moved for Officer Who Shot Castile

Jeronimo Yanez ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) –  Defense attorneys are pushing to move the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer charged with fatally shooting a black motorist last summer. Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez argued in court Tuesday, that the officer cannot get a fair trial in Ramsey County, where Philando Castile was shot, because of…

Duluth Stabbing Sends Two to the Hospital

A Stabbing Happened in Duluth's Lincoln Park Neighborhood Shortly after 8p.m. Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – A stabbing in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood has sent two victims to the hospital. Duluth Police responded to Winnipeg Avenue and Sixth Street Tuesday evening on reports of the incident. Officers remained on the scene for some time trying to determine what occurred, and searching for individuals involved.   Categories: Community, Crime, News, News – Latest News…

State Assembly Passes Batch of Bills to Combat Opioid Abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Months after Gov. Scott Walker called on the Legislature to take swift action to combat the state’s opioid epidemic, the state Assembly has passed nine pieces of Legislation. The Assembly, on Tuesday, passed all but two of 11 bills Republican Rep. John Nygren wrote based on recommendations from Walker’s opioid task force, which he co-chairs. The…

Hibbing Man Sentenced for Role in Murder

Will Receive 41 Months in Prison

HIBBING, Minn.-A 19-year-old Hibbing man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a 2016 homicide on the Iron Range. Sean Powers was sentenced today to aiding an offender after the fact of death. Powers helped clean-up the crime scene after his roommate, Jaysen Greenwood, was murdered in Hibbing. Dylan Gilbertson, 19, is serving 35 years…

The Latest: Russians say another bomb found, deactivated

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – Andrei Kibitov, spokesman for the St. Petersburg governor, has told Russian television 10 people have been killed and 50 injured in a subway explosion. Video footage posted on social media website shows a train with mangled doors standing at the platform. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov tells Interfax that the explosion looks like a terrorist attack….

Local Law Enforcement Fundraiser

Proceeds Will Be Used to Help Officers in Times of Need

DULUTH, Minn. – Community members had a chance to show their support for local law enforcement officers. The Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police hosted their 4th Annual Spring Fundraiser at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth. Attendees enjoyed a full buffet, and had the chance to win donated raffle and silent auction items while backing local police officers. “”They know the…

Suspect in N. Wisconsin Shootings Dead

Nengmy Vang was Killed by Police in Shootout

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A man suspected in a string of fatal northern Wisconsin shootings that ended in a shootout with police has died. State Department of Justice spokesman Johnny Koremenos says 45-year-old Nengmy Vang died about 1:28 a.m. Saturday. Investigators say Vang got into a domestic incident with his wife and went to the Rothschild bank where she worked on…

Lawyers Want High Court to Take Minnesota Sex Offenders Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Lawyers for sex offenders confined indefinitely to Minnesota’s secure treatment program have asked a judge to stay all further proceedings while they ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court finding that the program is constitutional. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank declared the program unconstitutional after phase one of the case in 2015 because only…

Chanhassen Principal Faces More Child Pornography Charges

Timothy DorwayPhoto: Carver Co. CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) – Authorities have filed more charges against a one-time Minnesota high school principal accused of possessing child pornography. Forty-five-year-old Timothy Dorway now faces 17 counts. He appeared in court Thursday but didn’t enter pleas. He declined comment to reporters. Dorway was the principal of Chanhassen High School. He was arrested in December after…

Police: Father in Grand Rapids Attempted Murder-Suicide Suffered from Depression

8-year-old Wyatt Krauss remains in critical condition at Essentia Saint Mary's Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Mid-afternoon on Thursday, March 30, around 3:47 p.m., the Itasca County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call of a medical emergency in the 1300 block of 4th Street SE, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. Facebook Personnel arrived within four minutes and found David Krauss, 29, dead inside the residence from a gunshot wound, as well…

Update in Murder of UMD Student

All Suspects in Court Today

DULUTH, Minn.-All five suspects in the February murder of UMD student William Grahek were in court today. Deandre Davenport, 21, was charged earlier this month as the sole person who shot Grahek twice in a robbery attempt. Noah Baker, 19, and 18–year–old Noah King, both were charged with attempted robbery and second-degree murder in relation to the case. Baker was recently facing a…

Rush City Inmate Charged with Assault of Cult Leader Victor Barnard

Victor Barnard RUSH CITY, Minn. (KMSP) – An inmate of the Rush City, Minnesota prison said he “was doing God’s work” when he allegedly assaulted convicted cult leader Victor Barnard in a cell. Shane Michael Kringen, Shane Kringen 44, was charged Thursday in Chisago County with one count of first-degree assault. According to the criminal complaint, prison video surveillance shows…

Man Who Triggered Amber Alert Charged with Assault

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – A Minneapolis man who triggered an Amber Alert this week is now charged with assault for allegedly stabbing the child’s mother. Twenty-six-year-old Hersley Hulbert faces two felony counts of assault. He makes his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon. Police were called to a south Minneapolis home Tuesday morning because Hulbert allegedly was assaulting his ex-girlfriend….

Dangerous Drug Carfentanil Blamed in 5 Minnesota Overdoses

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – Authorities in Minnesota say the dangerous drug carfentanil is to blame for five recent overdose deaths. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that’s 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. According to information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, carfentanil is often disguised as heroin and has been blamed in recent…

Wisconsin AG Sending 200 Rape Kits for Testing Monthly

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General Brad Schimel is telling the Legislature’s budget committee that the state Department of Justice is sending 200 untested sexual assault kits to a lab per month. Schimel appeared before the Joint Finance committee on Wednesday to answer questions about DOJ operations and how Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget would affect the agency. More than 6,000…

Minnesota Prosecutors Charge 4 in Alleged Sex-Trafficking

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) –  Criminal charges were announced Wednesday in an international human trafficking and prostitution enterprise that prosecutors called “the Uber of sex trafficking.” The crime ring involved numerous victims and thousands of ads placed on Backpage.com in 29 different states over the past two years. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said the crime ring used phones to…

Lawmakers Consider Harsher Wisconsin Youth Prison Proposals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin state Senate committee is considering a package of anti-crime bills, including three that would impose harsher punishments on youth who commit crimes. The proposals up for a hearing Wednesday, could land more children in Wisconsin’s youth prison for a wider range of crimes and keep them there longer, despite an ongoing FBI investigation into…

Man Wrongly Named Person of Interest in Wetterling Abduction Sues

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota man who was wrongly named a person of interested in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling is suing authorities. Dan Rassier filed his federal lawsuit Wednesday. He was publicly named as a person of interested in 11-year-old Jacob’s abduction in 2010 after his central Minnesota farm was searched by authorities. Rassier maintained his innocence…

Missing 13-Year-Old Found Safe in North Dakota

UPDATE: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced on Wednesday, March 29, that 13-year-old Gary Tilander was found safe in North Dakota.   The Bemidji Police Department said in a press release that a concerned citizen contacted the International Falls Police Department with a tip regarding the possible location of Gary. The tip was relayed to Bemidji PD and the…

Jury Finds Chicago Man Guilty of Selling Heroin

DULUTH, Minn. – A St. Louis County jury needed only an hour of deliberation on Tuesday before finding a Chicago man guilty of possessing heroin with intent to sell on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. Antionio Darrell Holmes, 29, was convicted of first-degree possession of heroin and a first-degree sale of…

Man Arrested in Minneapolis Stabbing, Abduction

Hershel Hulbert MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities say a toddler has been found safe and his noncustodial father is in custody after stabbing the boy’s mother and taking the child. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued an Amber Alert Tuesday morning, asking for help in locating the father and 2-year-old child. Police say the 26-year-old man stabbed his ex-girlfriend in…

St. Louis County Searching for Missing 77-Year-Old Male

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 77-year-old Gerald “Zeke” Harvey Fields. On Monday, March 27, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about a possible missing person. Fields had been staying with the reporting party, and had been gone since Saturday, March 25. He left behind his belongings, including…

AMBER ALERT: Toddler Located Safe

UPDATE: The Amber Alert has been cancelled, Hulbert has been located safe, and according to authorities the suspect has been arrested. MINNESOTA – Minneapolis police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing toddler. Police are looking for 2 1/2 year old Harlen Hulbert, after he was taken by two men. One of the men stabbed his mother and has…

Man Accused in Death of Stout Student Pleads Not Guilty

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – The Minnesota man accused of killing a University of Wisconsin Stout Cullen Osburn student from Saudi Arabia, has pleaded not guilty to charges. Cullen Osburn is charged with felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of Hussain Saeed Alnahdi. The 24-year-old student died from a brain injury last October following an altercation in downtown Menomonie….

Wetterling Abduction File Could Soon Be Made Public

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The public may soon have its first look at the investigative file into the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Stearns County officials are entering the final stages of redacting and copying thousands of pages of statements, tips, and interview transcripts regarding the 11-year-old boy who was abducted near his St. Joseph home. Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Bruce…

Iron Range Murder Remains Unsolved 40 Years Later

$50,000 Award Offered for Information

AURORA, Minn.-Forty years ago today, 19-year-old Cindy Elias was murdered eight miles north of Aurora. Her body was buried under a pile of brush near a logging road after suffering multiple injuries to her head. The victim was last seen leaving a bar in Virginia, at about 12:30 a.m. Patrons said she was thinking about hitchhiking that night. Three years ago,…

Police Issue Search Warrant of Minneapolis Liquor Store

After the store opened on a Sunday...several months early

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Minneapolis police are seeking surveillance video and sales records for Surdyk’s Liquor from Sunday, March 12, when the liquor store opened its doors for premature, illegal Sunday liquor sales. A search warrant filed in Hennepin County court seeks video footage from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, as well as point of sale transaction records and…

Assistant Principal Facing Sexual Conduct Charges

The public's assistance has been requested by the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. – Assistant Principal of Bemidji Middle School was placed in custody at the Beltrami County Jail, on Thursday, March 22. Brandon Bjerkness, 34, has been charged with two counts of solicitation of children to engage in sexual Brandon BjerknessBeltrami County Jail conduct. He has been contacting juvenile children through Facebook, Snapchat, and email accounts he had set…

40th Anniversary of Aurora Cold Case Tomorrow

Reward Offered for More Information

AURORA, Minn.-Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the unsolved murder of Cindy Elias. Her body was found eight miles north of Aurora. She was last seen in Virginia at about 12:30 a.m. at a local bar. She said she was looking for a ride home and said she might hitchhike. “Elias was found buried under a pile of brush at…

DOJ: Wausau Shootings an Isolated Incident with One Suspect

The incident stemmed from a domestic dispute

WZAWWAUSAU, Wis. – The area of Wausau and Rothschild were struck by tragedy yesterday, when four victims, including an officer of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department, were shot dead. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, law enforcement received the report of an active shooter in Rothschild. The suspect visited the Marathon Savings Bank, killing two civilians, and a…

Minnesota Marijuana Oil Sent to New York Stirs Anger

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Some top Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on a medical marijuana company whose former executives face felony charges for shipping marijuana oil to New York. County prosecutors charged two ex-executives at Minnesota Medical Solutions with felonies alleging they collaborated in late 2015 to ship $500,000 worth of marijuana oil to New York. The charges…

Mother Sentenced to Prison in Newborn’s Death

March 2016 photo of Shwe Htoo, 22, of St. Paul is accused of killing her 5-week-old son, Michael Kyaw Htoo, on Nov. 18, 2015. She was charged in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree murder. Photo courtesy of Ramsey County sheriff’s office.ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A St.Paul mother has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally smothering…

4 Killed, Including Officer is Rothschild, Schofield, Weston shooting

shooting 1 WZAW shooting 2 WZAW shooting 3 WZAW shooting 4 WZAW shooting 5 WZAW ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) – Authorities have now confirmed an Everest Metro Police Officer was one of four killed following three shooting incidents Wednesday. Everest Metro Police Chief confirmed the fatalities during an evening press conference. He said a single suspect has been arrested and the…

Duluth Man Gets 20 Years for Role in Hermantown Drive-By Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man involved in a Hermantown drive-by shooting back in September has received a 20-year prison sentence this morning, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. Last month, a St. Louis County jury found 47-year-old Robert John Lund guilty of four counts of aiding and abetting second-degree attempted murder, four counts of aiding and abetting…

Two Men Charged in Fatal Accident on Hwy 169

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Criminal complaints were filed for two men, today, in Itasca County District Court. One charges Tomas Charles Cuellar, 39, of Grand Rapids, with Criminal Vehicular Homicide and another charging Bradley Gene Doree, 48, of Hill City with Aiding and Abetting Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Aiding and Abetting Fourth Degree Driving While Intoxicated. These charges stem from…

Drug Bust in Eveleth, 3 Arrested

drug bust 3 Photo: LSDVCTF drug bust 2 Photo: LSDVCTF drug bust 1 Photo: LSDVCTF EVELETH, Minn. – Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed three search warrants on March 21, 2017, which resulted in three arrests. These individuals were arrested for various drug and weapons charges. As a result of the search warrants, 48…

Police: 2 Injured in Wisconsin Shooting, Schools on Lockdown

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a shooting has critically injured two people in northern Wisconsin, and area schools and a hospital are on lockdown. Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles were responding after a shooting was reported Wednesday afternoon in Rothschild. The Wausau Police Department posted a link on social media saying the situation was still active and…

Tri-Towers Residents Voice Concerns

Tenants Held a Meeting with Police Representative to Discuss Issues

DULUTH, Minn. – Some residents At Downtown Duluth’s Tri–Towers Apartments are scared Because of recent trouble in and around the complex.  However, Duluth police say some incidents are exaggerated. Those were the messages at a meeting between some concerned Tri–Towers tenants and Housing and Redevelopment Authority Community Officer Steve Ring Tuesday. The meeting was inspired by a weekend incident Where…

Subject Identified in Polk County Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Monday, March 20 in Polk County. The Grand Forks County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased suspect as Clarence Duane Huderle, 73, of Warren, Minnesota. Huderle died of a gunshot wound; the manner of his death…

Duluth Police, Fond du Lac Band Receive Grants for Combating Sex Trafficking

Funding to Provide Investigative Support and Training

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (DPS-OJP) recently awarded eight Sex Trafficking Investigation and Training Grants to help law enforcement agencies across the state for 2017. Statewide grants totaled $799,268 compared with $487,500 last year. Additional funding was appropriated by legislature and signed by Gov. Dayton. These grants will be used for new…

Arson Incident in UMD Dorms

Arsonists set fire to posters hung near study lounge

UMD FIRE 1 Photo: UMDPD UMD FIRE 3 Photo: UMDPD UMD FIRE 2 Photo: UMDPD UMD FIRE 1 Photo: UMDPD DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday, March 19, just after 7:30 p.m., UMDPD and personnel from the Duluth Fire Department responded to the sixth floor of Griggs Hall E on the report of an arson fire. Suspect(s) set fire to posters on…

Lincoln Park House Fire Investigated as ‘Suspicious’

Someone Seen Running Away from Home at Time of Fire

DULUTH, Minn.-A Monday structure fire at 2006 W. Fourth St. has been deemed suspicious by the Duluth Fire Department. “This fire is suspicious in nature with a report of a person fleeing the scene before the fire was reported,” said the Duluth Fire Department in a prepared statement. When crews responded to the fire at the Lincoln Park home, they…

Border Protection Officer Found Dead at Border

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reports that around 6 p.m. Sunday, March 19, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the Grand Portage Port of Entry where a male US Customs & Border Protection Officer was found fatally wounded. It is believed to be self-inflicted. The name of the Officer is being withheld…

DOJ: Minneapolis Lacked Coordination, but Kept Peace in 4th Precinct Protests

(Ted Haller / Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on Monday released its after-action report of the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department’s response to the protests and demonstrations at the MPD’s 4th Precinct following the November 2015 shooting death of Jamar Clark. The DOJ review was requested by…

Several Arrested in Stand Off Southeast of Bemidji

TEN LAKES TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The Beltrami County Sheriff’s office reports that on Thursday, March 16 around 3:40 a.m., 911 dispatch received information from a female caller that she needed help. As attempts were made to gather information, the call was disconnected. Beltrami County Deputies and Leech Lake Tribal officers were dispatched to the scene, in the 100 block of…