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A former Alborn man was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison Friday for sexually abusing a girl when she was about 7 or 8 years old. Shane Anthony Spicer, 43, of Wadena, Minn., was convicted by a St. Louis County jury on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in August. Authorities said the victim, now 16, came forward in February 2014 and was interviewed at the First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth.
The suspect in a fatal Duluth shooting in October has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 42, waived his right to a contested omnibus hearing at a brief appearance in State District Court in Duluth on Thursday afternoon. At an omnibus hearing, a defendant has the right to argue that there is insufficient evidence to establish probable cause or contend that his or her constitutional rights were violated in the accumulation of evidence.
A 25-year-old Duluth man has been charged in connection with a New Year’s Day homicide outside a Superior bar. Authorities say witnesses placed Jamar Maurice Smith with a gun at the scene of the double shooting, though he has not been charged with the homicide. Smith, who authorities say goes by the alias “Band-Aid,” was charged by warrant Monday with being a felon in possession of a firearm and misdemeanor bail jumping.
A former Northland schoolteacher who was convicted of child sexual abuse nearly 20 years ago has now admitted to child pornography and firearms charges. St. Louis County Sheriff's Office investigators said they removed nearly three dozen firearms from Daniel Joseph Kludt's Saginaw property in September after being called there for a domestic disturbance.
A Duluth man was sentenced this week to prison time after authorities said he and another masked suspect held a woman at knifepoint and struck a man over the head with a crowbar in a case of mistaken identity at a Smithville apartment building last February. Patrick Daniel Dobson, 26, received a 27-month sentence from 6th Judicial District Judge David Johnson on Monday.
VIRGINIA — An Eveleth woman who voluntarily came forward to admit that she arranged the murder of her boyfriend nearly three years ago received no leniency from a judge Monday. Janessa Lynn Peters, 22, was sentenced to nearly 29 years in prison after earlier admitting that she set up the killing of 28-year-old Harley Joseph Jacka because she was having difficulty breaking up with the Virginia man.
A Pine County man admitted Thursday to fatally assaulting his girlfriend's 3-year-old child while babysitting him at a Sandstone apartment in August 2015. Jonathan Michael Loun, 32, pleaded guilty to an unintentional second-degree murder charge at a hearing in State District Court in Pine City, just four days before he was set to go to trial. He admitted to causing the death of Dante Sears, who authorities suffered "extremely violent" head injuries and other trauma after Loun became upset with the child.
A Duluth man allegedly left a New Year's party in the city's Chester Park neighborhood, broke into a nearby residence to steal electronics and ended up holding two women against their will for an hour while discussing his "whole life story" — then returned to the party and threatened to shoot three more people, including a 2-year-old child. That's according to a criminal complaint charging Phillip Julius Butenhoff Jr., 31, with seven felonies in connection with the incident in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.
One of two men accused of a drive-by shooting that left one person injured in Hermantown in September has admitted to his role in the crime. Denzel Sheldon Perrin, 20, of Superior, pleaded guilty Tuesday in State District Court in Duluth to three felony counts of drive-by shooting.
A man injured in a double shooting outside a Superior bar Sunday is continuing to recover in a Duluth hospital as police have yet to announce any arrests in the incident that left his brother dead. David Androsky, 27, was hospitalized at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center after being shot in the chest during the altercation behind the Third Base Bar on New Year's Day. His brother, 21-year-old Kyle Androsky, was killed in the altercation. Police said a dispute inside the bar preceded the shooting.