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A judge has imposed a deadline for prosecutors to turn over the identities of two key witnesses to defense attorneys in a Duluth homicide case. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger said the St. Louis County Attorney's Office must disclose the names by June 1 to attorneys representing the five defendants charged in connection with the fatal shooting of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek.
When David Alexander Haiman was found dead last June in rural Itasca County, Kayleene Danielle Greniger told investigators that her boyfriend killed the 20-year-old man in retaliation for a sexual assault. She stated at the time that Joseph Christen Thoresen lured Haiman to the Ball Club area and stabbed him numerous times — ignoring her pleas to stop the assault — before beheading the victim with a machete.
At least nine people witnessed a Superior woman fatally strike a good Samaritan who came to her aid after her vehicle skidded off London Road on Tuesday, according to charges filed Friday. Theresa Marie Katzmark, 49, was arraigned in State District Court in Duluth on a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 62-year-old Donna Ruth Estrem of Duluth.
A 49-year-old Superior woman is expected to face formal charges and be arraigned Friday in State District Court in connection with the crash that killed a pedestrian along London Road in Duluth earlier this week. A judge granted a one-day extension for the St. Louis County Attorney's Office to formally charge the suspect, who continues to be held in the St. Louis County Jail on a preliminary felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide.
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.