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TOFTE — The Cook County Sheriff’s Office this morning identified the victim of Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Tofte as a 35-year-old Bloomington, Minn., man. Authorities said Marcus Lee Roberts was...
Facing a nearly $5 million verdict, six lawsuits and a dozen additional claims stemming from child sexual abuse cases, the Diocese of Duluth on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection. The...
A 51-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his former girlfriend outside an Aurora bar last month will undergo a mental health evaluation. Sixth Judicial District Judge Gary Pagliaccetti on Monday...
A Duluth police officer arrested last month on suspicion of domestic violence made his first court appearance Thursday. Todd Ronald Kuusisto, 37, was arraigned in State District Court in Duluth on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge. Senior Judge Gary Larson issued a domestic abuse no-contact order, despite objections from the defense. The alleged victim, who urged the court last week not to prohibit contact, accompanied Kuusisto to the hearing. Assistant St.
Longtime Duluth police officer Ann Clancey had filed her retirement papers and was preparing to call it a career last spring when Police Chief Gordon Ramsay approached her with a...
A judge has denied a motion to dismiss the felony charges against a Hibbing priest accused of sexually abusing underage girls, setting the stage for the case to go to trial. In an order filed Monday, 6th Judicial District Judge David Ackerson concluded that a jury should decide whether or not Brian Michael Lederer is guilty of seven sexual assault and child pornography charges. "Considering all of the evidence in the light most favorable to the state's position, the state has presented sufficient evidence to support a determination of probable cause to proceed to trial against the Defendant
The suspect in a fatal October hit-and-run crash at Duluth's Twin Ponds was back in court Monday in a courtroom filled with family members of the woman he is accused of killing. The brief appearance was Justen Paul Linskie's first in State District Court since his arraignment on a criminal vehicular homicide charge in the death of Susan "Susie" Elizabeth LeGarde Menz. Public defender Sonia Sturdevant told Judge Shaun Floerke that she was still waiting to receive additional discovery before deciding how to proceed. Floerke scheduled a review hearing for Dec.
A day before world leaders gather in Paris to discuss an international agreement on climate change, a gathering on a much smaller scale took place in Duluth. More than 100 people marched on the Lakewalk on Sunday afternoon, carrying signs and calling for action from the United Nations Climate Change Conference. "We walk in solidarity with all those who are gathering there for the purpose of stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gasses for the sake of the whole Earth community," said David Carlson, pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Participants in the "Climate Hike" were b
A Pine County woman has avoided prison after admitting to shooting her boyfriend, but she'll spend the next two decades under the watch of authorities. Karen Lynn Eaton, 39, pleaded guilty in September to a first-degree assault charge in the August 2014 shooting of Dan Scott, who suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest in the couple's rural Sturgeon Lake home. Eaton was placed on 20 years of probation at her sentencing Tuesday in State District Court in Pine City. Judge James T.
Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Rebekka Stumme told jurors last week in her opening statement in a Rice Lake attempted murder trial that there is no such thing as a "perfect investigation." On Tuesday, she reiterated that point in her closing argument, but added that the evidence presented in the seven-day trial was sufficient to prove that Andre Verlin Anderson was the man who stabbed 22-year-old Chad Johnson a dozen times in August 2014.