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Three experienced Iron Range attorneys are under consideration for judge at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia. The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection announced Friday that it is recommending Sharon Chadwick, Jaclyn Corradi Simon and Robert Friday as finalists for a vacant seat on the 6th Judicial District bench.
A Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa councilor allegedly pocketed a $2,000 check that was intended to finance the construction of a bike path on the reservation. Court documents state that Reservation Business Committee member Vanessa Northrup deposited the check from the University of Minnesota into her personal bank account in September 2016.
A Gilbert man was already facing more than a dozen criminal charges, including seven felonies, when he allegedly fled from drug task force agents on the Iron Range last week, sparking an extensive search. Evan Andrew Lautigar, 27, is accused of ramming a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office squad car while fleeing from a traffic stop in Virginia on Nov. 29, leading authorities on a high-speed chase before he was captured on foot more than two hours later in Gilbert.
Homicide is suspected in the death of a 71-year-old Iron Range woman, authorities announced Monday. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Courtney Lee Fenske was found dead last week in her Lavell Township residence, just southeast of Hibbing. No arrests have been made in the case, and authorities released few other details Monday.
The man accused of randomly killing a Proctor woman inside a West Duluth supermarket has been found competent to proceed in court after undergoing nearly three years of treatment. Jesse Alan Dahlstrom, 38, is charged with fatally stabbing 75-year-old Sally Pionk inside the Super One store on Dec. 11, 2014. Dahlstrom's case had been on hold since his arraignment, when a mental-health evaluation was ordered, and he was later civilly committed to a state hospital as mentally ill and dangerous. Court documents indicate that he has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
A Hibbing man who admitted to breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison. Travis Lee Turk, 29, received the 142-month sentence from 6th Judicial District Judge David Ackerson. He pleaded guilty in October to felony charges of kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
A judge on Wednesday took the extremely rare step of rejecting a plea agreement for a Cloquet man who admitted to stalking several joggers in West Duluth this spring. Sixth Judicial District Judge Dale Harris said he could not accept the agreement between the St. Louis County Attorney's Office and 21-year-old Tyler Rodney Stohlberg, who pleaded guilty to three charges in September. Harris expressed concern over a provision of the agreement that would have allowed Stohlberg to avoid further jail time in his sentence.
A St. Paul man who served prison time for killing two people while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs a decade ago is now accused of selling narcotics in Duluth. Kevin Michael Roban, 35, was arrested last week after an investigation by the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Authorities said he was found in possession of more than 15 grams of methamphetamine and a handgun.
Police officers put in hundreds of hours of logistical training, seeking to sharpen their skills and prepare for any dangerous scenario that might arise in the blink of an eye. But cops tend to spend a lot less time training for their day-to-day interactions with community members, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said.
A Duluth man who served prison time for shooting a man during a robbery three years ago has been charged with a new series of gun-related incidents — including another shooting that injured a woman. Metris Jovon Bell, 23, faces four felony charges stemming from the mid-November incidents. Authorities said Bell was identified as the shooter in two gunfire reports late on Nov. 11, one resulting in a woman being shot in the shoulder. He was arrested three days later when he allegedly threatened additional people with a gun and was seen tossing the firearm from a car.