Crime

Hoyt Lakes Man Involved in Virginia Pursuit Charged in Court

Daniel Fredrickson VIRGINIA, Minn. – Virginia Police Chief Nicole Mattson reports that on Tuesday, March 14, around 1:30 a.m., the Virginia Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department received information about a 29-year-old white male with an active felony warrant. The man, Daniel Earl Fredrickson of Hoyt Lakes, was reportedly armed with a handgun driving a white passenger car…

Duluth Citizens’ Police Academy Begins

The classes are designed to create transparency and a better understanding of how the Duluth Police Department serves the community

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s citizens’ police academy started Wednesday night. Over the next 11 weeks, participants will take part in classroom and field instruction, covering a wide variety of topics the department handles. This year, 21 people will go through the academy classes, with a goal of creating transparency and a better understanding of how the department…

Feds Investigate Threats to Jewish Centers as Hate Crimes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Federal authorities say threats to two Jewish community centers in Minnesota are being investigated as hate crimes as part of a broader probe into similar threats made nationwide. FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton said Wednesday that since January 3, more than 140 telephone threats were made to Jewish groups and facilities in 43…

Polish Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Minnesota Man in Nazi Case

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A court in eastern Poland has issued an arrest warrant for a Minnesota man sought in a Nazi massacre, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States. The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed…

Change of venue request for officer who killed Castile

Courtesy: KMSPST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Attorneys for a police officer facing manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile don’t think the defendant can get a fair trial in Ramsey County, so they’ve filed a motion for a change of venue. St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile seven times during a July traffic stop in the St….

St. Paul police involved in fatal shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – St. Paul police say a man has died in an officer-involved shooting in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. Authorities say officers were called to an apartment building about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday because of a domestic situation that involved physical violence. Police say officers encountered a man on a street in the area, shots were fired and…

Formal Charges in Park Point Drug Bust

Search warrant executed in the 1300 block of Minnesota Avenue

POLLARD, TRAHERN Trahern Pollard drug bust 1 drug bust 2 drug bust 3   DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police and investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1300 block of Minnesota Avenue on Thursday, March 9. The search warrant was conducted as a result of an investigation…

Charges Deferred for Woman, 84, in Car Crash that Killed 3

OCONTO, Wis. (WLUK) – A deferred prosecution agreement has been entered in the case of an 84-year-old woman charged in connection with a triple-fatal crash. The agreement means if Thelma Yashinsky complies with the terms of the agreement, the criminal charges against her will be dropped. Yashinsky was behind the wheel on October 24, 2015, when she drove through a…

Robbery Incident on West Superior Street in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has reported a robbery incident that happened today, March 10 around 2:30 p.m. Officers reponsded to the area of the 300 block of West Superior Street on a report of a robbery incident. The suspects fled on foot prior to officers arriving. The victim was located and unharmed. Officers were able to determine…

Man Charged with 5 Counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct

His conduct involves victims under the age of 13

Richard Dean Wilson, Jr. CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie reports that 42-year-old Richard Dean Wilson, Jr. has been charged with five counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First and Second Degree relating to offenses that occurred in 2014-16. It is alleged that Wilson sexually penetrated or had sexual contact with three children under the…

19 Plead Guilty in Large Minnesota-Wisconsin Meth Ring

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Nineteen people have pleaded guilty in a drug ring that authorities say trafficked 127 pounds of methamphetamine from the Minneapolis area to central Wisconsin communities over a three-year span. U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil in Wisconsin says 14 of the suspects have been sentenced, and the remaining five will be sentenced over the next two months. Authorities…

Cloquet Woman Charged with Aggravated 1st Degree Sale of Controlled Substance

She was on probation in St. Louis, Hennepin, and Olmsted Counties

Morningstar Webster DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, March 7, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on a motor vehicle and four occupants of the motor vehicle followed a traffic stop in the city of Duluth. This stop was the result of an investigation into the sale of a controlled substance, specifically…

Minneapolis Cop Charged with Sexual Assault of Passed-Out Woman

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A Minneapolis police officer accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will appear in court Thursday to face two felony charges. Thomas Robert Tichich, 47, was booked into jail early Thursday morning for the alleged December 15 incident. According to the charges, Tichich, the victim, and another woman were out drinking the night before and went back…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Propose Card Skimmer Crackdown

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two Republican legislators have introduced a bill that would criminalize using credit card skimmers to steal people’s identities. A credit card skimmer is an electronic device that can be attached to a card reader on a gas pump or ATM to secretly collect credit card information. Senator Robert Cowles and Representative Rob Summerfield introduced a bill…

New Report Highlights Impacts of Opioid on Minnesota Tribal Communities

In Minnesota, opioid deaths have increased 430-percent since 2000

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report released Thursday, highlights the impacts of opioids on Minnesota Tribal communities across the state. The report is a summary of the Tribal-State Opioid Summit that took place last fall with Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and Minnesota’s 11 tribal nations, as an effort to develop strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery….

Wisconsin Men Arrested in Theft of 100,000 Diapers

FOX CROSSING, Wis. (AP) – Two Wisconsin men are accused of stealing 100,000 diapers. The Post-Crescent reports the police allege the men stole nearly 1,800 cases of diapers — valued at more than $45,000, from a charitable organization that provides goods to families in need. Authorities say the diapers were stolen during several thefts between January 3 and February 13…

Duluth Police Offer Tips to Reduce Vehicle Thefts

15 vehicles were stolen in Duluth for the month of January

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is offering some suggestions to help reduce vehicle theft incidents. The most important thing one can do to prevent auto theft is to maintain control of keys and key fobs to vehicles. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that one of every eight vehicles stolen in 2015 had the key or fob…

All 5 Suspects Charged in Grahek’s Murder

  DULUTH, Minn. – Three more suspects have been charged in their involvement in the shooting death of UMD student, William Grahek on February 14, 2017. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21; Noah Duane Baker, 19; and Noah Anthony Charles King, 18, all of Duluth, have been formally charged in St. Louis County Court. All three are charged with Second Degree Murder…

Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Vehicular Homicide in Gilbert Case

Will be Sentenced May 3rd

GILBERT, Minn.-A 57-year-old man has plead guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for his involvement in a fatal hit and run in Gilbert. In October, Jeffrey Airhart hit 85-year-old Florence Mannelin with his vehicle on the 100 Block of Broadway Avenue. After Airhart left the scene, Mannelin was taken to the hospital where she later died. Airhart has a history of…

Two Of Five Charged in Duluth Man’s Murder

Three Remaining Suspects Will Be Charged Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Two of five suspects in the murder of University of Minnesota Duluth student, William Grahek, have been charged for their roles in the killing. Tara Baker, 22, of Duluth, is charged with murder in the Second Degree, as well as first-degree Aggravated Robbery. This charged is up from the initial report, where she was to be charged…

Disturbance at Ashland County Jail

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – Ashland County Sheriff Michael Brennan reports that on the evening of Saturday, March 4, several inmates in the Ashland County Jail were causing a disturbance by yelling, kicking on doors, and refusing to return to their cells. Three cell blocks were involved in the disturbance. The inmates were reported to be no threat to each other…

Drugs Seized in Minnesota Reach Record Highs

State agencies pushing for education and community support

ST. PAUL, Minn. – From prescription pills to Methamphetamine, drugs are being seized at an alarming rate in Minnesota. Illicit drug use continuously threatens the safety and health of communities across the state as lives are lost and families destroyed by their use and abuse. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports that in 2016, Violent Crime Enforcement Teams…

5 Suspects Arrested in William Grahek’s Murder

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, March 3, the Duluth Police Department along with members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested four people in the shooting death of 22-year-old William Andrew Grahek. A fifth person involved in this homicide was already in custody at the St. Louis County Jail on unrelated charges. • Deandre Demetrius Davenport,…

Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Role in Liquor Store Shooting

Darius Leelionza Handy DULUTH, Minn. – A 24-year-old who pleaded guilty in February, to a felony second-degree assault charge, has been sentenced to three years in prison. Darius Leelionza Handy, of Montgomery, Illionis, appeared in 6th Judicial District Court, today, March 3 after a pre-sentence investigation conducted by Arrowhead Regional Correction. Authorities reported that Handy fired a point-blank shot into the…

Diamond Reynolds, Girlfriend of Philando Castile, Arrested in St. Paul Assault

Diamond Reynolds Diamond Reynolds Dyamond Richardson Dyamond Richardson Chnika Blair Chnika Blair police report St. Paul police report on alleged hammer assault obtained by Fox 9 ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, was one of three women arrested Thursday in connection with the assault of a woman with a hammer in St. Paul, Minnesota….

Northland Man Facing Multiple Felonies After 13-Hour Manhunt

Due Back in Court March 6

FINLAND, Minn.-A Silver Bay man is facing five different charges, including three felonies, after a 13-hour manhunt in Finland Sunday. Mark Wherley is facing two felony counts of assault in the second degree, and one felony charge of making threats of violence. He’s also been charged with two misdemeanors – carrying a weapon without Mark Wherley a permit and fleeing on foot….

Wisconsin Senate Committee Approves 2 Opioid Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved bills that would grant people who overdose on opioids legal immunity and lay out money for more state drug agents. The first measure would ensure heroin users who overdose would be immune from prosecution for drug possession and ensure their probation, parole, or extended supervision could be revoked for…

MISSING: St. Croix Falls, Wis. Girls, Left Foster Home, Didn’t Show for School

Candus Flodin Makayla Hanson-Wall UPDATE 3/4: The St. Croix PD reports that the girls have been located safe, and thank those who helped look for them. ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. – The St. Croix Falls Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two missing juveniles, Makayla Hanson-Wall, 13 and Candus Jean Flodin, 14. The two left their foster…

Alleged Heroin Dealer Arrested and Charged in Duluth

Suspect has had Numerous Run-ins with Law Enforcement

DULUTH, Minn.-A 22-year-old Duluth man has been charged with first-degree sale of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a fire arm, for his role in a suspected heroin dealing operation on the 2600 block of West Fourth Street. On Monday, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on…

Superior Shooting Victim Speaks About Brother’s Murder

Shooting Happened Early New Year's Day Behind Third Base Bar

SUPERIOR, Wis. – New details were emerging Wednesday involving Superior’s first murder of 2017, which happened behind Third Base Bar during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. Superior investigators say they now have identified two suspects they believe are involved in the shooting death of 21-year-old, Kyle Androsky and the shooting of his 27-year-old brother, David Androsky. But…

Wausau Man Killed by Deputy Was on Dual Paths

Man Shot Was Commencement Speaker at UW-Marathon County

CORNING, Wis.- The man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in northern Wisconsin had been in trouble with the law, but was also the commencement speaker last spring at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County where he was heavily involved in student activities. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Shawn Igers, of Wausau, was fatally shot by a deputy who…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Blood Can Be Taken from Unconscious Drivers

Ruling Came Down Today

MADISON, Wis.-The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement officers can take blood samples from unconscious drivers without a warrant under certain circumstances. The court ruled Wednesday that an officer can be justified in taking a blood sample without a warrant when delaying would lead to the destruction of evidence, namely falling levels of alcohol in the drunken driver’s…

Virginia Police Investigate Assault Incident

Originally Reported as Shooting

VIRGINIA, Minn.-Reports of a shooting in Virginia a little after midnight Wednesday, turned out not to be true. Multiple police agencies responded to a call of gun shots at 1000 Bourgin Road, but when they got there, it was discovered that two males had been involved in a physical altercation – no firearms were involved. One of the men is…

Suspects in Grand Rapids Beheading Appear in Court

Greniger pleads guilty to Second Degree Murder

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Today, February 24, 2017, Kayleene Danielle Greniger, 23, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota and Joseph Christen Thoresen, 36, of  appeared in Itasca County District Court, reports Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. Greniger and Thoresen were previously indicted by an Itasca County Grand Jury on two counts of Murder int he First Degree and two counts of…

East 11th Street Murder Update

DULUTH, Minn. – An update on the murder that happened on East 11th Street, last week on February 14. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken told FOX 21 that the shooting death of 22-year-old William Grahek was not random. The police continue to investigate the case at this time, as the follow up on numerous leads.   ORIGINAL REPORT 2/14 DULUTH,…

Officers in Hibbing Shooting Deemed ‘Authorized and Justified’

The incident happened on January 13, 2017

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department has released the findings of the officer involved shooting incident that occurred on January 13, 2017. The incident was investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and upon completion of the investigation by the agents, the information was sent to the Office of the St. Louis County Attorney for review. After review…

Richard Giles Found in Prescott, Wis.

UPDATE: Richard Giles was located safe in Prescott, Wisconsin on 2/24 The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance in locating Richard Griffith Giles, 89, of Verndale, Minnesota. Richard was last seen at the Super 8 in Grand Rapids, Minn. Thursday morning, Feb. 23, around 9:30 a.m., after spending the night after getting lost. He is described as 5’09”,…

Two Charged after Authorities Seize of One Pound of Meth from Vehicle

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Yesterday, Feb. 22, 2017, Christopher George Nytes, 35, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, along with Morgan Marie Scheff, 25, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, appeared in Itasca County District Court, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. They were both charged with one count of Controlled Substance Crime in the First Degree after both were arrested on…

Many Factors to Blame for Duluth Power Outage

Squirrel a Contributing Factor to Power Outage

DULUTH, Minn.-Power has been restored to all Minnesota Power customers as of 10 a.m. The first outages, reported at about 5 p.m. last night, caused 4,000 customers to lose power in many East Duluth neighborhoods. Minnesota Power contributed the outage to a squirrel coming into contact with the wires, ice buildup, and equipment failure. For more on any outage information,…

A Long Wait: Untested Sexual Assault Kits Part 1

Duluth Ranks No. 1 in the State for Untested Sexual Assault Kits

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2015 Duluth earned a notorious title, one that put a dark spot on hope for sexual assault survivors. Out of the entire state, the city is No. 1 in the amount of untested rape kits sitting shelved in the evidence room, 578 kits to be exact and some 23 years old. The information came out after…

Death Investigation at Virginia Jail

VIRGINIA, Minn. – On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, just before 2 p.m., a St. Louis County Corrections Deputy was making his rounds at the Virginia Jail when he noticed an unresponsive male collapsed inside of his cell. Medical personnel were immediately dispatched to the jail. Efforts to revive the male were unsuccessful and he was declared deceased. The St. Louis…

Court Hearing Held Today in West Duluth Murder Case

Next Court Date Set for March 15th

DULUTH, Minn.-A suspect in connection with an October murder at the 2000 block of West Superior Street was in court today. 54–year–old Orin Vann has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Today an omnibus hearing was held. His next court date is scheduled for March 29th. He’s currently out on bail. 43–year–old Aaron Humphreys plead…

State Lawmakers Channel Grief Into Fight Against Opioids

ST. PAUL (AP) – In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation’s deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. In Minnesota, for example, state Senator Chris Eaton’s daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2007. Eaton has since spearheaded a law granting…

Male Arrested on Felony Warrant and Firearm Charges

1100 block of 87th Avenue West

Ryan Lahti, 35DULUTH, Minn. – Friday afternoon, just after 1:30 a.m., the Duluth Police Department responded to a residence in the 1100 block of 87th Avenue West after receiving information that an individual residing there had a felony warrant. Officers arrived at the location and found the vehicle belonging to the individual. An officer observed the male inside the residence,…