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Court administrators in St. Louis and Carlton counties are preparing to say goodbye to the traditional, bulky paper court records that pack courthouse file cabinets. On Friday, the counties became...
After grilling attorneys in a worker's compensation case Thursday at Duluth Denfeld High School, the six justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court faced their own fair share of tough questions from an audience of nearly 1,500 area students. A sampling from the 45-minute, free-for-all question-and-answer session: "Have you ever been emotionally disturbed from a case?" "How has your work impacted your social life?
A drug trafficking investigation in Superior led to the identification of a Duluth couple as the culprits in a string Northland storage-unit burglaries and the discovery of more than a dozen firearms, authorities said. The loot, discovered in the couple's own storage unit in Duluth, allegedly contained 16 guns, a large amount of ammunition, military equipment, electronics and other personal items reportedly stolen from facilities in Superior, Eveleth, Two Harbors and Tofte. The couple, Dominic Allen King, 36, and his wife, Lisa Marie Forrestal, 32, is already jailed on felony drug charges in
A Duluth public defender who has worked to combat growing trends of mental illness and chemical dependency in the criminal justice system is the newest 6th Judicial District judge. Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday appointed Jill Eichenwald to replace Judge John DeSanto, who retired from full-time work last month. Eichenwald, who was selected from three finalists for the job, will be chambered at the St.
The former girlfriend of the teenager who fatally shot a Superior man last year will not face trial this month as planned, but will instead be asked to cooperate in the prosecution of two other co-defendants. Attorneys on Monday agreed to postpone the scheduled Oct. 27 trial for 18-year-old Teah Joan Phillips, who is charged as a party to felony murder in the September 2014 death of 20-year-old Garth Velin.
Citing a pattern of domestic violence, prosecutors will seek a life sentence for a 31-year-old man accused of fatally assaulting his girlfriend's toddler in Sandstone. The Pine County Attorney's Office on Tuesday filed an amended criminal complaint charging Jonathan Michael Loun with first-degree murder in the August death of 3-year-old Dante Sears. The amended complaint alleges a "past pattern of domestic abuse" by Loun, citing several examples of alleged violence against women and children over the past 10 years. Under Minnesota law, a first-degree murder charge — the stiffest on th
An attempted murder trial has been postponed for a Hermantown man who claims he was falsely implicated in a stabbing that seriously injured another man in Rice Lake Township last summer. Andre Verlin Anderson, 28, alleges that he was misidentified in a photo lineup by stabbing victim Chad Johnson. He claims that another man was behind the attack, and his attorneys are seeking to exclude evidence of the photo identification from his trial. As a judge considers the issues, Anderson's trial has been delayed.
The Minnesota Department of Administration has again denied a request by cities to temporarily restrict public access to video recorded by law enforcement officers' body cameras. Administration Commissioner Matt Massman on Monday rejected an application supported by two dozen Minnesota cities that would have made most video private ahead of possible action by the state Legislature. Massman said in a two-page letter to cities that the state data practice law is designed to be "neutral to technology" and said agencies should await "greater statutory clarity" from legislators on the hot-button
Earlier this summer, the Duluth Police Department reported to the state that it had 565 untested sexual assault kits going back more than 20 years. It's a number that law enforcement officers, prosecutors and victims' advocates alike want to see reduced. Those untested kits contain physical evidence gathered from victims in examinations at local hospitals. But it's not budgetary constraints or workload issues that have led to the backlog, Lt.
Touting a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a federal synthetic drug conviction, attorneys for imprisoned Duluth head shop owner Jim Carlson and his two co-defendants will have the...