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One of the biggest challenges often cited by local officials in their efforts to combat opioid addiction is lack of immediate access to treatment. Even when a person struggling with addiction has contact with police or medical professionals and expresses a desire to enter treatment, they say it can often take up to a month for a bed to open.
Mike Letica and a group of fellow Duluthians took off Friday with a convoy of trucks bound for Texas to deliver locally collected donations for disaster victims. Over the course of just a few days, Letica and other volunteers had collected about 43,000 pounds worth of supplies through a donation drive — including roughly 1,000 cases of water — as well another $12,000 in cash donations.
A fierce and quick-developing thunderstorm wasn't the only thing putting a damper on Duluth's annual Labor Day picnic. "The crowds are getting a lot smaller than they used to be," said attendee Lori Hashey, who took cover from intense rain under some trees at Bayfront Festival Park. "Unions are getting smaller."
The man who was responsible for overseeing social services in Cook County is himself accused of engaging in a years-long pattern of child abuse. Former public health and human services director Joshua David Beck, 40, was charged last month in State District Court with multiple felony and gross misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations of abuse toward two children.
A Hibbing woman will go to prison for providing her boyfriend with a fatal dose of a highly potent prescription painkiller. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson on Thursday handed down a guideline, four-year prison sentence to 48-year-old Kimberly Ann Elkins in State District Court in Hibbing. Elkins, in pleading guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge in July, admitted that she caused 36-year-old Aaron John Rost's death by providing him with a portion of her prescription fentanyl patch in December 2015.
A Hibbing man who twice admitted in state court to spying on and recording naked and partially clothed women through residential windows has now been convicted on federal child pornography charges. A Minneapolis jury on Wednesday found Kevin James Petroske, 36, guilty of eight counts of production and attempted production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined further review of an Eveleth man’s murder conviction for providing his girlfriend with a fatal dose of synthetic drugs. The high court let stand a Court of Appeals decision from May upholding the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter convictions of 30-year-old Bryan Joseph Hodapp.
Three defendants were arraigned Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in the February shooting death of Duluth college student William Grahek. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21; Noah Duane Baker, 20; and Noah Anthony Charles King, 19, all made initial appearances before Judge Mark Munger in State District Court in Duluth. A St. Louis County grand jury on Thursday indicted each of the three defendants on two counts of first-degree murder, alleging they caused Grahek's death while committing robbery and burglary. The new charges carry mandatory life sentences, if convicted.
Shawn Carr is planning a vigil next month for Sheila St. Clair, the Duluth woman who hasn’t been seen in two years and whose disappearance police have described as suspicious. It’ll be the third consecutive year that Carr, fellow community members and police have gathered in Central Hillside Park to plead for the public’s help in bringing forward information that will provide answers for her family and friends.
Here are a few missing person cases from recent months and years still being investigated by the Duluth Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies. Anyone who may have information about any of the cases is asked to call 911. Sheila St. Clair Last seen: Aug. 15, 2015, in Duluth Age at disappearance: 48 Description: Native American, 5-5, 125 pounds, black hair, brown eyes