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Tom Olsen

Tom Olsen covers crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact him at 218-723-5333 or

"Dude, I killed his ferrets," the suspect allegedly told officers. "Give me a break."
A medical examiner determined that Ryan Moats, 41, died from heart failure, and prosecutors said they can't prove that James Edwards, 32, inflicted fatal injuries.
As the St. Louis County Attorney's Office continues its review of the death of Ryan Roessler, suspect Anthony Laspina will remain in custody due to a 2020 case.
The Minnesota Supreme Court said it had no basis to intervene in the 1996 case, turning down arguments from John Steven Martin for a third time.
With the case involving complicated and novel DNA issues, it may take a jury up to four weeks to hear the case of Michael Carbo in the rape and beating death of Nancy Daugherty.
Ryan Roessler, who turned 42 on Friday, was killed by a punch to the head, according to police.
A jury rejected Kevin Greene's claim of self-defense in the 2020 altercation with an Aurora deer hunter, with a prosecutor saying the law enforcement veteran "started a fight that he lost."
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A two-decade sentence for manufacturing and distributing cocaine proved to be a turning point for the Wisconsin native, who has transitioned to a career aimed at improving the lives of others facing incarceration.
Jesse Powell was booked into the Itasca County Jail on Tuesday night, a day after missing his scheduled arraignment.
Tyler Leibfried and his attorney will also gain access to the alleged crime scene and the history of police responses to the property, among other records.