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A man convicted in a shooting between moving vehicles on Interstate 35 in Duluth was granted probation Thursday over the objection of a prosecutor who described him as "dangerous." Joseph Michael Lamerand, 23, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in the February 2017 incident that reportedly stemmed from a botched drug deal. Sixth Judicial District Judge Jill Eichenwald granted a defense motion to depart from sentencing guidelines that would have carried a three-year prison sentence for Lamerand.
A former Essentia Health employee is accused of stealing highly potent opioids from the operating rooms at St. Mary's Medical Center. Erik Lee Huberty, 24, of Proctor, was charged Wednesday with taking fentanyl and other prescription painkillers and sedatives from the Duluth hospital on at least six occasions in November.
A Duluth murder defendant will face a new jury in May, four months after his surprise claim of an alternative shooter prompted a judge to call off his first trial. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Johnson did not mince words in a five-page order declining to dismiss the case against 44-year-old Aaron Demetrius Humphreys in wake of the January mistrial.
A Maryland-based propane supplier has expanded its reach in the Northland with the acquisition of North Shore Oil & Propane. ThompsonGas, headquartered in Frederick, Md., made its entry into the area in 2015 with the purchase of Duluth-based Como Oil & Propane. With Thursday's announcement, it adds heating, plumbing and automobile services for Silver Bay and surrounding communities.
Three defendants will stand trial on first-degree murder charges in last year's fatal shooting of a Duluth college student. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger recently denied motions to dismiss the grand jury indictments against 22-year-old Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 19-year-old Noah Anthony Charles King and 20-year-old Noah Duane Baker.
Three former University of Minnesota Duluth women's athletics coaches have taken their legal battle to state court. Former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, former softball coach and women's hockey director of operations Jen Banford and former women's basketball coach Annette Wiles brought the action Thursday in State District Court in Hennepin County.
An exuberant Shannon Miller emerged from the front doors of the federal courthouse in Duluth on Thursday afternoon, pumping her fists amid cheers and celebratory music from a crowd of supporters. Minutes earlier, jurors awarded the former University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach $3.74 million after an eight-day trial in her lawsuit against her longtime employer.
Eight witnesses took the stand Wednesday for what felt at times like a rapid-fire lightning round as testimony concluded in the trial for Shannon Miller and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Miller, who coached the Bulldogs women's hockey team for 16 seasons before her contract was non-renewed in December 2014, is suing the university for sex discrimination and Title IX retaliation.
One expert testified Tuesday that Shannon Miller suffered approximately $3 million in lost compensation and wages when the University of Minnesota Duluth decided to sever ties with her after 16 seasons as head women's hockey coach. Another expert testified that Miller has put in less than one job application per month over the three years since her non-renewal, describing her employment-seeking efforts as "passive" and "inadequate."
An emotional Shannon Miller returned to the witness stand on Monday, telling jurors in her federal discrimination lawsuit about the December 2014 decision that ended her tenure as women's hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth after 16 seasons. Miller spent all morning and part of the afternoon testifying about complaints she had made at UMD, the non-renewal of her contract and her unsuccessful efforts to find employment in the years since.