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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed a Cloquet man's murder conviction for allegedly providing a fatal dose of a prescription painkiller to his daughter's friend. In overturning Robert Todd Ferguson's third-degree murder conviction, the three-judge panel noted that prosecutors failed to provide a written brief in the appeal process.
For the second week in a row, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken spent his Monday trying to make sense of a recent spate of gun violence in the city. A 37-year-old man in West Duluth was injured late Saturday night when he was struck by a stray bullet that was intended for another person, police said. And the following night, a 19-year-old was taken to a hospital after he was reportedly shot while he was riding in a vehicle on Interstate 35.
A 24-year-old suspect admitted this week to shooting another man during a fight at a downtown Duluth liquor store — resolving his case just 11 days after the crime. Darius Leelionza Handy pleaded guilty Wednesday in State District Court in Duluth to a felony second-degree assault charge. Authorities said Handy, of Montgomery, Ill., fired a point-blank shot into the victim's abdomen after a fight developed at the Lake Superior Bottle Shop, 31 E. First St., on Jan. 21.
An Itasca County jury has awarded a Marble woman more than $28 million in damages after she was paralyzed in a car crash involving a school bus at age 16. Duluth attorney Stephanie Ball said the jury on Jan. 26 awarded Paige Anderson $28.57 million after a seven-day trial in State District Court in Grand Rapids. Anderson, 23, was severely injured in an Oct. 9, 2009, crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and Curley Avenue in Coleraine.
A Duluth man is accused of shooting another man three times during an early Sunday morning argument that stemmed from an alleged burglary. Quentin Kornelius Lake, 27, was charged Tuesday with felony first-degree assault in the shooting outside a residence at 2713 W. Second St. in Lincoln Park. Police would not release the victim's name, and he was identified in the complaint only by initials F.B.F. Prosecutors and police both said the 25-year-old's condition remained critical, with court documents indicating that he suffered two wounds to the chest and one to the hand.
A couple allegedly drove to Duluth from the St. Cloud area on Friday with the intention of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl they had met online. Criminal charges filed Tuesday in State District Court also indicate that Phillip James Adkins, 34, and Kayla Marie Frank, 33, sent the teen a series of lewd photos, videos and messages through Facebook before arranging the meeting.
The swearing-in ceremony for new police officers always comes with its fair share of pomp and circumstance, but Friday's event at the Duluth Police Department came with an unexpected twist. As Manuel Matos, one of eight new officers on the force, stepped forward to receive his badge, his girlfriend was summoned to do the honors of pinning it on his chest. But Sgt. Joel Olejnicak introduced Stephany Burns as Matos' fiancee. And the new officer quickly dropped down to one knee, producing a shiny ring and placing it on her finger.
A Grand Rapids man charged with randomly stabbing a Hibbing man to death last week will undergo a mental health evaluation. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson ordered the evaluation at a hearing Thursday for 32-year-old suspect Benjamin David Lundquist. Lundquist is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the slaying of Joel Dean Gangness, who was found dead inside his Hibbing apartment with more than a dozen stab wounds and other injuries on Jan. 17.
A 32-year-old man arrested earlier this week allegedly admitted to authorities that he has no permanent address and had been making frequent trips from the Twin Cities to Duluth to sell heroin. Antwan Dwayne Ray was formally charged Wednesday in State District Court with a felony count of first-degree sale of heroin. Police said he was arrested Monday at a West Duluth apartment building with more than $11,000 in cash and approximately 25 grams of heroin prepackaged for sale.