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A judge has declined to dismiss several charges against a Proctor man who allegedly fired more than three dozen shots at his live-in girlfriend during a domestic dispute in November. Sixth Judicial District Judge Theresa Neo on Wednesday upheld all counts, including attempted murder and assault, against 40-year-old Rusty George Kallis. Kallis allegedly told his girlfriend that he was holding her hostage and fired at least 38 rounds from an AR-15 during the Nov. 26 incident at the couple's residence on the 100 block of East Fifth Street in Proctor.
Six courthouses in mostly rural counties of Northeastern Minnesota will see security upgrades thanks to a statewide funding program. The Minnesota Judicial Branch on Thursday announced that 57 counties were recipients of grants from the $1 million Safe and Secure Courthouse Initiative, which was authorized by the state Legislature last year to improve courthouse security across the state.
A 24-year-old man shot by two Hibbing police officers in January after allegedly striking another man over the head with a gun is now facing 11 felony charges. Che Nathaniel Jones, of Rochester, Minn., was formally charged Friday by summons in State District Court in Hibbing. The charges include attempted murder and three counts of first-degree assault — each carrying a maximum of 20 years in prison.
The Iron Range's chief prosecutor and two private-practice attorneys are finalists for a seat on the State District Court bench in Virginia. The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection announced Friday that it is recommending Michelle Anderson, Terri Port Wright and Andrew Peterson for a vacancy in the state's 6th Judicial District. The seat has been open since mid-June, when longtime Judge James Florey was sworn in as a member of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Gov. Mark Dayton said he will interview all three candidates and make an appointment in the coming weeks.
A January trial date has been scheduled for a Duluth man accused in a fatal shooting outside a Lincoln Park bar last fall. Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 43, faces an intentional second-degree murder charge in the October death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns.
One of two Chisholm men admitted Monday to his role in what authorities said was one of the state's largest trapping cases on record. Douglas Anthony Marana, 70, pleaded guilty to four criminal charges at a hearing in State District Court in Duluth. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said in March that they seized 638 snares illegal set by Marana and 68-year-old Roderick Robert Kottom during a two-year investigation.
A Superior woman admitted Monday that she was under the influence of sleeping pills when she fatally struck a pedestrian along Duluth’s London Road in April. Theresa Marie Katzmark, 49, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the April 4 death of 62-year-old Donna Ruth Estrem. Katzmark, a registered nurse, admitted that she had taken Ambien and that the side effects of the drug contributed to the crash. “I don’t remember much of it,” she testified under questioning from Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Chris Pinkert.
A Duluth woman who authorities said set fire to a duplex after stealing a fur coat and other items from a resident in January will serve three years of probation and enroll in a mental health court program. Cindy Jo Libby, 48, was sentenced last week by 6th Judicial District Judge David Johnson after earlier pleading guilty to a felony first-degree burglary charge. Johnson granted Libby's request for a departure from sentencing guidelines, staying a 46-month prison sentence in favor of probation and the intense supervision and treatment offered by the specialty court.
As sheriff of Carlton County for nearly 18 years, Terry Twomey bucked the idea of wearing a uniform, instead coming to work in a suit and tie most days. In fact, when he retired after 33 years in law enforcement, Twomey acknowledged that he entered the profession on a lark and never envisioned spending his career as a cop. But he proved to be a popular figure, earning the overwhelming approval of Carlton County voters in four consecutive elections and serving as chief law enforcement officer from 1972 to 1990.
The Duluth man known who gained notoriety as the "ball slasher" is facing an additional burglary charge in connection with an alleged incident just a day before his most recent arrest in Superior. Christopher Neil Bjerkness, 39, is accused of illegally entering the Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, 530 E. Second St., and slashing an unspecified number of exercise balls just after midnight on May 23.