Crime

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…

Aurora man pleads guilty to murdering former girlfriend

November 8, 2015 shooting death of Julie Hildreth

John Joseph Plevell pleaded guilty on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 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. Plevell, 52, entered the plea before Judge Gary Pagliaccetti in State District Court in Virginia, Minnesota. The court scheduled sentencing for January…

Sentencing for two men involved in August Grand Rapids home invasion

The incident occurred on August 3, 2016

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn – Edward Wade Fauth, 19, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and Zachary Walker Cary, 28, of Cloquet, Minnesota, appeared in Itasca County District Court for a sentencing hearing, Monday, December 19, 2016, according to Itasca County Attorney, John J. Muhar. The two men previously pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree. The crime…

Linskie Sentenced in Twin Ponds Hit and Run

88-month sentence handed down

The 31-year-old Twin Ports man who drove his car off of Skyline Parkway near Twin Ponds in Duluth, striking and killing Susan LeGarde Menz receiving a guideline prison sentence of seven years and four months, today, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. A St. Louis County jury deliberated less than an hour during a trial in November, before…

Theft occurs at active fire investigation in Hibbing

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hibbing Police Department

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Fire Department has been in the process of investigation the cause and origin of a basement fire that occurred at 1610 3rd Avenue East in Hibbing, that displaced three families on December 10, 2016. The fire department had not yet released the property back to the property owners and tenants. The tenants were able to…

25-year-old Heroin Dealer Arrested in Duluth

1500 block of East 1st Street

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Chanhassen High School principal arrested following child porn investigation

BCA agents made the arrest Monday, Dec. 12

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (FOX9 – KMSP) Fox 9 reports that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents arrested 44-year-old Timothy Dorway on Monday night. BCA agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Dorway following the execution of search warrants at his Victoria home and Chanhassen high School, where Dorway is the principal. He’s been booked into the Carver…

Hibbing murder suspect sentenced to 35 years

Had already pled guilty

A 19-year-old Hibbing man was sentenced today to 35 years in jail for second-degree murder. Dylan Gilbertson had previously entered a guilty plea for his connection to the death of 20-year-old Jaysen Greenwood of Hibbing. Greenwood’s body was found in an abandoned mine pit in Mountain Iron. He was stabbed and burned to death.     Categories: Crime Tags: hibbing…

Criminal Complaint for Northbird

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Part 1: Undercover Enforcers

The Investigators Behind The Heroin Busts

In a two-part special report FOX 21’s Dan Hanger gives you a rare look inside the lives of Duluth’s undercover investigators who are putting their lives on the line to help stop drug dealers from taking over the streets and preying on people addicted to opioids.