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A St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office deputy was justified in shooting a wanted felon who led officers on a 13-mile pursuit on the Iron Range last month, prosecutors said Wednesday. Deputy Tim Officer fired a single shot at 27-year-old Aaron Lee Boshey during the Nov. 22 incident, which concluded in a wooded area along a dead-end road about six miles west of Eveleth.
A Bayfield County emergency medical technician who died trying to rescue his mother from their burning house has been posthumously honored with a Carnegie Medal for heroism. Dennis Swenson, 62, and his 95-year-old mother, Dorothy Swenson, perished in the May 2015 fire at their home east of Cornucopia. Authorities said Dennis Swenson, awakened by his emergency pager after a neighbor called 911 to report the blaze, safely made it from the home but died after re-entering the burning structure in an attempt to save his mother.
An Aurora man admitted Tuesday to gunning down his former girlfriend outside a bar last fall. John Joseph Plevell, 52, pleaded guilty to a charge of intentional second-degree murder in the shooting death of 49-year-old Julie Ann Hildreth of Babbitt. At a hearing in State District Court in Virginia, Plevell admitted that he fired a single shot at Hildreth, who had an order for protection against him, outside the Aurora American Legion Club on Nov. 8, 2015.
A Grand Rapids man was sentenced to probation Monday after admitting to threatening a witness connected to an Itasca County beheading case. Joeseph Allen Greniger, 20, was sentenced to five years of supervised probation in lieu of a 28-month prison sentence. Greniger pleaded guilty last month in State District Court in Grand Rapids to a felony charge of first-degree witness tampering. Greniger is the brother of Kayleene Danielle Greniger, 22, one of two suspects charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the June killing of 20-year-old David Haiman of Hibbing.
VIRGINIA — Harley Joseph Jacka was overcoming odds from the moment he was born. He entered the world on Dec. 9, 1985, weighing just 1 pound, 6 ounces. When he underwent surgery that New Year’s Eve, his family said, doctors gave him a 50-50 shot at surviving. He pulled through that procedure — and so much else in life — up until April 28, 2014, family members recalled. That was the day he was killed inside a Virginia apartment, the victim of more than a dozen stab wounds.
A judge on Thursday agreed to postpone the trial for North Shore murder suspect, overruling objections from prosecutors. Kirk Lee Bigby, 62, was set to go to trial Jan. 11 on two counts of second-degree murder in the December 2015 fatal shooting of 35-year-old Marcus Lee Roberts outside Bluefin Bay resort in Tofte. Bigby earlier this week filed a motion to postpone the trial date, saying he planned to hire a private attorney to represent him and citing ongoing disclosure of investigative reports.
VIRGINIA — Thursday would have marked the 21st birthday of Jaysen Greenwood. It’s a day when he would typically gather with those closest to him for a meal and cake, family members said. That get-together will still happen — but Jaysen won’t be there, his mother Jessica Rootes told a judge Wednesday at the sentencing for Dylan Bernard Gilbertson, her son’s confessed killer. “Because of Dylan, we won’t be able to celebrate with Jaysen,” Rootes said. “Instead, we’ll be gathering with friends and family to wonder what would’ve been.”
A Chicago man allegedly sold a substantial amount of heroin from a Superior residence, providing samples of the drug as compensation to the homeowner and several "runners" who helped distribute the product. Robbin Damonta Alexander, 30, was charged Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court with a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver more than 50 grams of heroin. Police said he made multiple trips from Chicago to Superior, where he stayed in a trailer home at 306 Homecroft Court owned by 30-year-old Benjamin Alan Tatzel.
The defendant in a fatal shooting on the North Shore is seeking to postpone his January trial date and hire a new attorney. Kirk Lee Bigby, 62, of Finland, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the December 2015 death of 35-year-old Marcus Lee Roberts outside the Bluefin Bay resort in Tofte. Public defender Brent Olson on Monday asked 6th Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden to postpone Bigby's trial, currently scheduled to begin Jan. 11 in State District Court in Grand Marais.
A Hibbing man has died as a result of a fire in his home on Friday morning. The Hibbing Fire Department said Michael Ready, 58, died on Sunday at Hennepin...