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A Finland man dropped his self-defense claim and pleaded guilty to a murder charge Friday in a fatal shooting outside a popular North Shore resort in 2015. Kirk Lee Bigby, 62, admitted to unintentional second-degree murder in the slaying of 35-year-old Marcus Lee Roberts during a holiday party at Bluefin Bay in Tofte. With the plea, he averts a two-week trial that had been set to begin June 5 in State District Court in Grand Marais.
A judge urged settlement talks Thursday in the federal discrimination suit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle also told attorneys that he wants the case to go to trial in September if no resolution can be reached, imposing a hard deadline that he said he would not change.
The trial for a Hibbing truck driver accused of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed the Silver Bay mayor's son has been postponed until October. John Ray Carpenter, 60, was set to stand trial next month in the 2015 death of Andrew Johnson, who was killed when his pickup truck was struck head-on by Carpenter's septic tanker in October 2015. Authorities allege that Carpenter, who has a long history of traffic collisions, operated his truck in a "grossly negligent manner" and that he caused the crash by either falling asleep or blacking out at the wheel.
Retired Denfeld High School teacher Jill Lofald will mount an election challenge to Duluth School Board member Art Johnston. Lofald, who retired last year after 31 years in the English department at Denfeld, is the first non-incumbent to declare her intention to run in the fall election. She will seek the District 4 seat that Johnston has held for two terms and is seeking to retain. "I feel like I have the experiences and wisdom that can be used to the benefit of the School Board," Lofald told the News Tribune on Thursday.
A Carlton County man allegedly carved the word "snitch" into a 17-year-old hostage's chest and circulated a Snapchat photo of the victim tied to a chair with a bag over his head. Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, was charged Thursday with seven felonies in the alleged kidnapping and assault Monday at his home in Silver Brook Township, near Wrenshall. The teen, who is from Duluth but was not identified by authorities, also suffered serious head injuries and burns to his neck, according to a criminal complaint.
A Superior man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday after admitting that he drove to the state of Virginia to pick up a 14-year-old girl and transported her back to the Twin Ports to engage in sexual activity. Peter Alan Diehl, 32, earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of felony possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Madison.
When two terrorists opened fire at a government building in San Bernardino, Calif., in December 2015, training and collaboration were key to a successful response, emergency managers told a crowd in Duluth on Tuesday. While 14 people were pronounced dead at the scene, an additional 22 victims were taken to local hospitals in just 57 minutes — and there was not a single in-hospital death.
A Duluthian through and through, U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz wasn't fazed by the setting of his commencement address to College of St. Scholastica graduates on Saturday. Jumbo video screens hung above the students, flashing images of the ceremony. Concession stands were in service, selling all the traditional fare. Logos and advertisement remained plastered throughout the building. Even in May, it's clear that Amsoil Arena was built for hockey.
A Superior woman accused of fatally striking a pedestrian along Duluth's London Road last month waived her right to a contested hearing and pleaded not guilty Friday. Theresa Marie Katzmark, 49, is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the April 4 death of 62-year-old Donna Ruth Estrem of Duluth. Katzmark, who has been released from custody on pretrial conditional release, appeared briefly before 6th Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke.
A Minnesota man with a history of illicitly recording naked and partially unclothed women has admitted that he spied on a Hibbing woman while on probation for his earlier offenses. Kevin James Petroske, 36, pleaded guilty Thursday in State District Court in Hibbing to a felony charge of interference with privacy. Petroske was just five months into a 20-year probationary sentence when he was arrested in October 2015 after authorities said he was caught looking through a window of the woman's residence at 2 a.m.