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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.
An Eveleth man serving a 10-year prison sentence for providing his Duluth girlfriend with a fatal dose of synthetic mushrooms is asking an appeals court to reverse his convictions Attorneys for Bryan Joseph Hodapp argue that the defendant should not be held liable for the August 2013 death of 21-year-old Krystal Wicklund because the couple "jointly possessed" the hallucinogenic pills. Hodapp, who turns 30 on Wednesday, was convicted by a Virginia jury in January 2016 on felony charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Augie, a man about 60 years old, has never seen a smartphone. He's never been on Facebook or LinkedIn. He's told he can learn anything he wants to know from YouTube — but first he needs to figure out how the video service works. He's been behind bars for 12 years — first at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, and for the past eight years at the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth.
Roommates reportedly heard a suspect ordering William Andrew Grahek to turn over his “stash” and get to the ground moments before the University of Minnesota Duluth student was fatally shot inside his East Hillside residence last month. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21, is accused of firing two shots during the Feb. 14 home invasion that authorities said stemmed from an attempt to rob the 22-year-old of drugs and cash.
A 57-year-old Gilbert man admitted Monday to fleeing the scene of a crash after fatally striking a woman with his minivan in October. Jeffrey Lynn Airhart pleaded guilty to a felony criminal vehicular homicide charge during an appearance in State District Court in Virginia. Authorities said Airhart left the scene of an accident after striking Florence Mannelin, 85, of Makinen, in downtown Gilbert on Oct. 26. He was arrested when investigators obtained surveillance video and identified his van as the one involved in the incident.
Two of the five people arrested in connection with the shooting death of a University of Minnesota Duluth student last month were formally charged Monday. Tara Rai Baker, 22, of Duluth is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated robbery, and Xavier Alfred Haywood, 26, of Duluth is charged with a felony count of aiding an offender to avoid arrest. They're accused of playing a role in the Feb. 14 shooting death of 22-year-old William Grahek at his residence on East 11th Street in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood.
A Proctor man accused of firing more than three dozen shots at his live-in girlfriend during a domestic dispute is seeking to have most of the charges against him dismissed. Rusty George Kallis, 40, faces four felony charges in connection with the November incident: attempted first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree assault and two counts of threats of violence.
A third and final defendant has admitted to his role in connection with the slaying of a 20-year-old Hibbing man whose burned remains were found in an old mine pit in May. Sean Joseph Powers, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of aiding an offender after the fact in the death of Jaysen Greenwood.