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Police have identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday in Duluth, while the driver remains jailed and awaits vehicular homicide charges. Donna Ruth Estrem, 62, of Duluth, was struck and killed by an SUV at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of London Road and 40th Avenue East, in the city’s Congdon Park neighborhood, according to the Duluth Police Department.
A 62-year-old pedestrian was killed when she was struck by an SUV and thrown against an electrical box along London Road in Duluth on Tuesday, according to police and a witness at the scene. The Duluth Police Department confirmed that the woman died when she was struck near the intersection of London Road and 40th Avenue East, in front of Ecumen Lakeshore, around 12:40 p.m. Authorities said the driver, a 49-year-old woman, was taken into custody after the incident. Police did not immediately release the names of the driver or victim, saying an investigation was ongoing.
VIRGINIA — Sean Joseph Powers had been a close friend and roommate to Hibbing homicide victim Jaysen Greenwood. That fact weighed heavily on the minds of Greenwood’s family members as they came to the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia on Monday to see Powers sent to prison — marking the end of a nearly yearlong saga that began with the discovery of Greenwood’s burned body in an old mine pit in Mountain Iron.
Brad Wick's actions on the night of Aug. 28, 2011, earned him a trip to the White House and the nation's highest honor for public safety officers. But the longtime Duluth police officer said it wasn't a desire to be a hero that led him to pursue an armed suspect into a Gary-New Duluth house, where he was ambushed by gunfire. It was simply instinct brought on by decades of training. "I didn't even think about any of what I did," said Wick, who fatally wounded the suspect while protecting a woman who had been shot by the intruder. "It all just happened naturally."
Attorneys sparred inside a Duluth courtroom Thursday over the identities of two key witnesses and the proposed testing of forensic evidence from a handgun in the investigation into February's fatal shooting in the East Hillside neighborhood. The five suspects charged in connection with the slaying of 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student William Andrew Grahek were in court for the first time since their arraignments in early March.
A woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she and her boyfriend drove from the St. Cloud area to Duluth with plans to have sex with a 14-year-old girl they had met online. Kayla Marie Frank, 34, entered the plea to a felony charge of electronic solicitation of a child at a hearing Wednesday in State District Court in Duluth.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the case of a Hermantown man who was convicted of luring a victim to rural Rice Lake and stabbing him a dozen times. A St. Louis County jury in November 2015 found Andre Verlin Anderson guilty of felony charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle. A co-defendant testified that Anderson was recovering from a heroin overdose when he launched an unprovoked attack on 22-year-old Chad Johnson, whom he had just met, along remote Hicken Road in August 2014.
A Washburn County sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a Minong man who was under the influence of methamphetamine and appeared to reach for a gun following a police pursuit near Hayward in September, a prosecutor has ruled. Sawyer County District Attorney Bruce Poquette said in a 10-page report that Deputy Jordan Price's use of lethal force was reasonable after suspect Tyler Michael Ladwig refused to obey commands and reached for a weapon that was later determined to be a BB gun.
A second woman has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer while she was incarcerated at the Ashland County Jail. The 25-year-old woman said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Madison that she was repeatedly forced to engage in sexual acts with the now-deceased jailer during 2013 and 2014. It is the second lawsuit filed this year alleging assaults by the corrections officer, who died by suicide in August 2016. A 27-year-old woman made similar accusations in a complaint initially filed in January.
Duluth police continue to actively pursue one of two unsolved shooting cases that came during a rash of gun violence earlier this year. Investigators were burdened with six shootings, one fatal, over the course of a 25-day period in January and February — by all accounts an unprecedented series of incidents in the city’s recent history. And while four of those cases, including the fatal shooting, have resulted in arrests and criminal charges, investigations remain open in two incidents.