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The women said they'll always be looking over their shoulders, not quite sure if they'll ever truly feel safe again. They told how they're afraid to use a locker room, public restroom or fitting room. How they're paranoid by the sight of anyone holding a camera or cellphone. Some have left their jobs or missed significant time at work, finding it difficult to return to the place where their privacy was so deeply violated.
Prosecutors can bring a Hibbing woman to trial on a murder charge in the fentanyl overdose death of her boyfriend, a judge has ruled. Kimberly Ann Elkins, 48, is accused of causing the death of 36-year-old Aaron John Rost by providing him with a portion of her prescription painkiller patch in December 2015. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson last week denied Elkins' motions to suppress evidence and dismiss the third-degree murder charge, clearing the way for the case to proceed to trial.
The Minnesota Supreme Court will not review an appeals court decision that overturned a Cloquet man's murder conviction in a drug overdose case. In a one-page order issued Wednesday, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said the high court would not the accept the Carlton County Attorney's Office petition for further review in the case of Robert Todd Ferguson. The Minnesota Court of Appeals in February reversed Ferguson's 2015 conviction on a third-degree murder charge, ruling that the case was largely built on testimony of an accomplice and lacked corroborating evidence.
The court filings totalled 127 pages and nearly 30,000 words. They provided the most-detailed look to date of the University of Minnesota Duluth's defense in a high-profile federal discrimination lawsuit brought by three former women's sports coaches. And now a judge says he won't consider any of it. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle on Friday threw out the motions brought by UMD seeking summary judgement in the lawsuit filed by former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, former softball coach Jen Banford and former women's basketball coach Annette Wiles.
A Duluth man charged in connection with a New Year’s Day homicide in Superior has waived extradition and is expected to make his first appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Jamar Maurice Smith, 25, has been jailed in western Minnesota for more than three months on an alleged probation violation in an assault case there.
Longtime University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller met with athletic director Josh Berlo and Chancellor Lendley Black through the summer and fall of 2014 to discuss a new contract. Then beginning her 16th season as the Bulldogs head coach, Miller wanted a two-year extension through June 2017, after which she planned to "take a year off and then do something else with my life," according to documents filed recently in the federal lawsuit she brought against the university.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wasted no time in making his pick for the next judge to serve on the state’s Court of Appeals. Sixth Judicial District Judge James Florey of Virginia received a call notifying him of his selection late Monday, just a few hours after he was interviewed by the governor. “It’s really been overwhelming,” Florey told the News Tribune shortly after his appointment was publicly announced Tuesday morning. “It’s just such an honor to be considered and appointed to that position.”
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is considering three finalists from Northeastern Minnesota for a seat on the state's Court of Appeals. Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Sharon Chadwick and 6th Judicial District Judges James Florey and Eric Hylden were interviewed Monday by the governor for an opening on the state's second-highest court.
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.