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Two suspects are in custody after a 47-year-old Duluth man was fatally shot in the Lincoln Park business district early Tuesday. Duluth police said the shooting was reported at 12:19 a.m. on the 2000 block of West Superior Street. The victim was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead. Police did not provide any details on the incident or identify the parties involved, but Bonnie Aase told the News Tribune that her boyfriend, Eric Burns, was the victim. “I’m really not sure what happened,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “I’m just waiting for more answers.”
There are more than 1,000 outstanding arrest warrants for people accused of felony and gross misdemeanor offenses in St. Louis County. It's a number that criminal justice officials have been wanting to trim for years, and the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is hoping a new online tool will help. As of Monday, a list of outstanding warrants is publicly accessible on the county's website.
Defense attorneys for the Virginia man accused of killing an elderly woman nearly three decades ago are seeking to have his confession tossed from court, arguing that it was illegally obtained through false promises and threats by law enforcement. Bruce Wayne Cameron, 45, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the death of 83-year-old Leona Mary Maslowski, who was found beaten, stabbed and strangled in her Virginia home in 1987.
A Duluth woman suffered several broken bones and will have to undergo intensive therapy to learn how to walk again after being pinned under a car and dragged approximately 50 feet on Sunday, her mother said Tuesday. Alyssa Donahue, 19, was injured in the unusual incident outside her home on Springvale Road in the city's Piedmont Heights neighborhood. "She's lucky to be alive," Lisa Donahue told the News Tribune on Tuesday as her daughter was undergoing a six-hour surgery to repair structural damage to her legs, the second surgery she has undergone since Sunday.
It was the last hope for Last Place. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the cases of three defendants who were convicted in 2013 of selling synthetic drugs from an infamous downtown Duluth head shop. The decision effectively ends of the saga of the Last Place on Earth, which for years had been mired in litigation as Duluth's civic leaders, police and business community fought for the store to be shut down.
A Proctor man is accused of stealing about $8,000 in cash from several local businesses in a month-long string of burglaries to support his heroin addiction. Ricky Jon Hogan Jr., 33, was arraigned Friday in State District Court in Duluth on five felony counts of third-degree burglary. Hogan was arrested Wednesday by St. Louis County Sheriff's Office deputies after he was identified through surveillance video shared by one of the burglarized businesses, according to a criminal complaint.
The final remaining defendant in a 2014 Virginia slaying is seeking to have his trial moved from the Iron Range. Anthony James Isham, 44, faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of premeditated first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Harley Jacka. He's set to go to trial in Virginia on Feb. 7. His new attorney, Kassius Benson of Minneapolis, filed a motion this week asking 6th Judicial District Judge James Florey to move the case to either Duluth or the Twin Cities.
Prosecutors have dropped the remaining child pornography charge against a Hibbing priest who was found not guilty this summer of inappropriately touching four girls. A Hibbing jury in June acquitted Brian Michael Lederer on six counts of criminal sexual conduct. However, he still was facing potential prosecution on the felony child pornography charge, which a judge earlier ruled would have to be tried as a separate issue.
Last Friday, Paul and Debbie Velin went to visit their son Garth's gravesite. It was the anniversary of the day the 20-year-old was fatally shot inside his Superior home during a botched robbery attempt. Two years have passed, but the emotions are still raw for his parents. "Our lives are forever changed — sad, dark, ruined," Debbie Velin said Wednesday. "I find myself lately caring less and less. Waking up every morning exhausted. Falling in bed every night praying for a few hours of sleep before the nightmares and flashbacks start."
Ashland County taxpayers have forked over an extra $1.5 million since 2007 after a small town illegally exempted nearly all of its residents from paying property taxes, a lawsuit alleges. The suit, filed in Ashland County Circuit Court, claims that the Town of Sanborn misinterpreted a federal court decision in order to remove all properties owned by tribal members from the town's tax roll. Sanborn, with a population of 1,331, sits just east of Ashland and is located entirely within the Bad River Reservation.