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Since 1997, Courtney Victor Prude has been arrested 20 times for drug offenses, four times for gun charges and seven times for assault or battery. He's served five prison stints and had at least six warrants for failing to appear in court. Likewise, Antonio Deandre Johnson Jr. has been picked up nine times for drug offenses, once for assault and once for violating electronic monitoring conditions. He's been to prison a half-dozen times and failed to show for court on at least nine occasions.
Duluth police investigators are making progress and working "in earnest" to solve a homicide case in the city's East Hillside neighborhood last week, Police Chief Mike Tusken said Thursday. No arrests have been made and police have not publicly identified a motive, but Tusken said investigators are now confident the crime was not random — a determination they were not initially able to make.
Dan Blank spent nearly his entire professional career as Douglas County's top prosecutor, so when he was unseated from his 26-year tenure as district attorney in a primary battle last August he said he didn't want to rush into a job search. He said he deliberately took a few months to reflect on his election loss, considering opportunities and putting out inquires in private-practice and business sectors. The job he eventually landed, though, was not even on his radar: director of administrative services for the Diocese of Superior.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken joked during a Tuesday visit to Denfeld High School that his degree from a four-year, liberal arts college — that would be Harvard University — gave him “all the training I needed to be a comedian.” But the four-year route isn’t working for many students, he said, who are working full-time jobs while attending school and still graduating with high debt and without the skills to fill some of the country’s most-needed positions.
As mayor in Bayfield in the late 1960s, Julian Nelson went to Washington to testify in favor of the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Not only was the position controversial among his constituents — it also directly affected Nelson, who would lose ownership of his fish camp on Rocky Island and have the land transformed into a national park.
A former Minnesota state trooper on the Iron Range has pleaded guilty to charges that he inappropriately touched two women during a bonfire gathering in July 2015. Todd Allan Lindstrom, 46, of Hibbing, entered into a plea agreement with the St. Louis County Attorney's Office on Thursday in State District Court in Hibbing.
When a neon sign at the old Jade Fountain restaurant caught fire last summer, officer Eli Anderson sprung into action, using a fire extinguisher to quickly knock out the blaze while partners Andrew Meier and Jacob Peterson ushered building occupants to safety. When Mollie Sebok caught a man breaking into her Duluth home in September 2015, she called police. A month later, the burglar's appearance still fresh in her mind, she recognized the same man at a gas station and followed him to an apartment building, where officers were able to arrest him for first-degree burglary.
Two Northland law enforcement coalitions are joining forces to combat opioid sales and other serious crimes across the region. Separate task forces serving the Twin Ports and the Iron Range areas merged last month, creating the single largest geographical partnership of law enforcement agencies in the state. The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has long operated in the Twin Ports area, while the Boundary Waters Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has covered the Iron Range and points north.
The investigation of a homicide in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood is ongoing and no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon, the city's police chief said. William Andrew Grahek, a 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student, was fatally shot inside his residence at 510 E. 11th St. around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police had initially detained several people and identified a "person of interest," but Chief Mike Tusken declined to elaborate on the status of the investigation.
Three men have been charged in a shooting along Interstate 35 in Duluth that police said stemmed from a botched drug sale. Police said Brandon Edward Spence, 21, was arrested around noon Monday, the same day the St. Louis County Attorney's Office issued a warrant charging him with second-degree assault and aiding and abetting a drive-by shooting in the Feb. 5 incident. Authorities allege that Spence fired a single shot from a moving car into another vehicle, striking a 19-year-old male, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.