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A 32-year-old man arrested earlier this week allegedly admitted to authorities that he has no permanent address and had been making frequent trips from the Twin Cities to Duluth to sell heroin. Antwan Dwayne Ray was formally charged Wednesday in State District Court with a felony count of first-degree sale of heroin. Police said he was arrested Monday at a West Duluth apartment building with more than $11,000 in cash and approximately 25 grams of heroin prepackaged for sale.
A Hibbing commercial truck driver who has a history of traffic collisions brought on by a medical condition will go to trial on a criminal vehicular homicide charge in Lake County, where authorities said he caused an October 2015 crash that killed a Silver Bay man. John Ray Carpenter, 60, is accused of operating a vehicle in a "grossly negligent manner" after allegedly falling asleep or losing consciousness at the wheel of his septic tanker, causing a crash that killed 31-year-old Andrew Johnson.
A 24-year-old suspect allegedly fired a point-blank shot into another man's abdomen during a fight inside a downtown Duluth liquor store over the weekend. Darius Leelionza Handy was charged Tuesday with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in the shooting at the Lake Superior Bottle Shop, 31 E. First St., on Saturday night.
VIRGINIA — An Iron Range man who admitted to taking part in an April 2014 stabbing death was sentenced to more than 32 years in prison on Monday, bringing final resolution to a case that has lingered in the courts for nearly three years. Bartholamy Jake Drift, 42, received a 386-month sentence from Judge James Florey in State District Court in Virginia. Drift pleaded guilty in September 2015 to an intentional second-degree murder charge in the death of 28-year-old Harley Joseph Jacka. He admitted that he stabbed Jacka in the chest inside a Virginia apartment.
HIBBING — A Grand Rapids man has been charged with fatally stabbing a 52-year-old Hibbing man inside his residence. A criminal complaint filed in State District Court identifies the victim of the Tuesday homicide as Joel Dean Gangness. The suspect, 32-year-old Benjamin David Lundquist was formally charged Thursday with intentional second-degree murder.
VIRGINIA — A Hibbing girl admitted Wednesday that she witnessed the killing of her 20-year-old roommate and helped transport his body to an old mine pit in Mountain Iron, where the killer set fire to his remains. Julianna Christine Sala, 17, pleaded guilty in juvenile court to aiding an offender in intentional second-degree murder. Sala testified under oath that she was in her bedroom when she heard a commotion and emerged to find 19-year-old Dylan Bernard Gilbertson brutally assaulting their roommate, Jaysen Greenwood.
A 48-year-old Duluth woman allegedly threatened a Central Hillside resident with a knife, stole a tablet computer and fur coat from her apartment and set a mattress on fire during an incident last week. Cindy Jo Libby was charged Wednesday in State District Court with felony counts of first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated robbery. The fire, which broke out at about 1 a.m. Jan. 11 in a duplex at 219 E. Third St., caused an estimated $25,000 in damage.
An Ely police official admitted Tuesday to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a girl under the age of 18. Sgt. Jason Allen Carlson, 38, pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer at a hearing in State District Court in Virginia. Carlson, who was described as an acquaintance to the girl's parents, carried out a relationship with the teen during late 2014 and early 2015, according to a criminal complaint.
The Carlton County Drug Court is receiving a boost from a new partnership with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The school recently received a $20,000 grant from the Northland Foundation, providing for a project that aims to provide life-management classes and recovery support services to 30 participants in the drug court program. The project incorporates the Life Beyond Addiction program pioneered by the late Earnie Larsen, a nationally known addiction recovery author and lecturer from Minnesota.
A Virginia man who is set to be the fourth and final defendant sentenced in an April 2014 stabbing death will seek to withdraw his guilty plea — adding yet another wrinkle to an unusually complicated and prolonged case. Bartholamy Jake Drift, 42, is scheduled to appear in State District Court in Virginia for sentencing on Jan. 23. Drift was the first person to admit to his role in the stabbing death of 28-year-old Harley Joseph Jacka inside a Virginia apartment. He pleaded guilty to an intentional second-degree murder charge in September 2015.