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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the case of a Hermantown man who was convicted of luring a victim to rural Rice Lake and stabbing him a dozen times. A St. Louis County jury in November 2015 found Andre Verlin Anderson guilty of felony charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle. A co-defendant testified that Anderson was recovering from a heroin overdose when he launched an unprovoked attack on 22-year-old Chad Johnson, whom he had just met, along remote Hicken Road in August 2014.
A Washburn County sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a Minong man who was under the influence of methamphetamine and appeared to reach for a gun following a police pursuit near Hayward in September, a prosecutor has ruled. Sawyer County District Attorney Bruce Poquette said in a 10-page report that Deputy Jordan Price's use of lethal force was reasonable after suspect Tyler Michael Ladwig refused to obey commands and reached for a weapon that was later determined to be a BB gun.
A second woman has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer while she was incarcerated at the Ashland County Jail. The 25-year-old woman said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Madison that she was repeatedly forced to engage in sexual acts with the now-deceased jailer during 2013 and 2014. It is the second lawsuit filed this year alleging assaults by the corrections officer, who died by suicide in August 2016. A 27-year-old woman made similar accusations in a complaint initially filed in January.
Duluth police continue to actively pursue one of two unsolved shooting cases that came during a rash of gun violence earlier this year. Investigators were burdened with six shootings, one fatal, over the course of a 25-day period in January and February — by all accounts an unprecedented series of incidents in the city’s recent history. And while four of those cases, including the fatal shooting, have resulted in arrests and criminal charges, investigations remain open in two incidents.
The situation had the potential to be deadly when gunfire erupted from a vehicle into a group of people standing outside a residence on a narrow, dead-end road in Hermantown last September, Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Nate Stumme told a judge Thursday. A 20-year-old Superior man, Trenton William Sampson, was struck in the lower leg by a bullet. But he and three other people, including two juveniles, were able to escape without more serious injury. “That only Mr. Sampson was shot in the ankle is simply dumb luck,” Stumme said. “Multiple people could’ve been killed.”
Two Northland men allegedly spent a night partying — one of them admitting to drinking more than a dozen beers and having several shots — before they were involved in an Itasca County rollover crash that killed a friend earlier this month. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged 39-year-old Tomas Charles Cuellar of La Prairie and 48-year-old Bradley Gene Doree in connection with the March 11 crash along U.S. Highway 169 that killed Michael Joseph Washburn, 48, of Hill City.
A Northwestern Wisconsin woman is alleging that she was subjected to repeated sexual assaults by a corrections officer while she was in custody at the Ashland County Jail last year. The 27-year-old woman filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Madison in January, citing a number of alleged violations of privacy and civil rights under the U.S. Constitution and federal and state law. A 15-page amended complaint, filed Feb. 27, claims that the woman was repeatedly groped and forced to perform sexual acts on a corrections officer during three stints she served in the jail.
The Diocese of Duluth has been granted an extension to deliver its plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The diocese, which has been under Chapter 11 protection since December 2015, was scheduled to file a reorganization plan by Friday, but U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel this week granted a motion to extend that deadline as the diocese continues to seek coverage of sexual abuse claims from its insurers.
A Duluth man accused in a fatal shooting outside a Lincoln Park bar last fall returned to court Thursday with a new attorney at his side. Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 43, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the October death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns. Humphreys recently hired Minneapolis private defense attorney Kassius Benson, who represented him for the first time at the hearing. He had been represented by public defender Rebecca Shaw since the start of the case.
A former Twin Ports schoolteacher who admitted to child sexual abuse in the 1990s has been sentenced to five years in prison — this time on child pornography and firearms charges. Daniel Joseph Kludt, 56, received the sentence Thursday from Judge Dale Harris in State District Court in Duluth after pleading guilty in January to two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.