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A Duluth jury last summer awarded $13,500 to the Rev. William Graham after he sued the man who came forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Graham, a 68-year-old longtime priest, author and educator, believes he was vindicated by the verdict and would like to get back to work. "I want to reclaim my life," he said recently. "I want to get back to St. Michael's." A return to the Lakeside church, however, seems unlikely.
A suspect has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting another man in downtown Duluth over the Labor Day weekend. Jamal Tyshawn Jackson, 26, of Duluth, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the Sept. 1 death of 31-year-old Scott Allen Pennington. Jackson appeared briefly Thursday in State District Court, where public defender Laura Zimm entered the plea on his behalf. Zimm said she would file a motion seeking dismissal of the case for a lack of probable cause.
A man who fatally shot a Duluth police dog and wounded his handler during a Sunday night standoff died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Tuesday. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as 27-year-old Taylor Joseph Turek, of 1021 West Skyline Parkway. An autopsy concluded that he died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
BARRON, Wis. — Authorities believe a 21-year-old Gordon man “targeted” 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents in her presence, abducting her and keeping her captive for nearly three months. Law enforcement officials announced Friday that Jake Thomas Patterson was being held as a suspect in the Oct. 15 shooting deaths of Denise and James Closs and the kidnapping of Jayme. She was located safely Thursday after fleeing from the remote Gordon home where she was being held.
When Mark Munger won the election for a rare open seat on the 6th Judicial District bench in 1998, he didn't come in with great aspirations of public service. As a trial lawyer of 18 years, Munger had primarily represented plaintiffs in civil lawsuits. He also had 14 years of municipal law and criminal prosecution experience as Proctor city attorney. Becoming a judge, he thought, would be a chance to do something a little different — a simple job opportunity.
A Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a knife-wielding man who was holding another man captive in November, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin concluded Thursday. Officer Nick Grivna, a five-year veteran of the Virginia Police Department, shot 41-year-old J Scot Alan Widmark during the Nov. 27 incident on the 300 block of Second Street South.
A Duluth man was charged Wednesday with three felonies as the 70-year-old victim of a Park Point home invasion assault remained hospitalized in a coma. Darrel Darryl Mayhew, 30, was arraigned in State District Court on first-degree assault, aggravated first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary charges in the Jan. 2 incident at the home Larry Watczak.
For an annual event that dates back well over a century, the proceedings held on the fourth floor of the St. Louis County Courthouse on Monday morning don't generally attract a lot of public attention. But for many local attorneys and judges, past and present, it was a can't-miss annual event that offers an opportunity to reflect the legal work of those who came before them — family members, friends, law partners, bosses and mentors.
On an annual fishing trip in Canada last summer, former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale made a promise to St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman. Litman had just filed for a fifth — and what he expects to be final — term in office. Mondale said he’d like to administer the oath come January.
Heidi Grahek visited a cemetery last week on the first anniversary of the death of her husband, St. Paul police Sgt. Jon Grahek. She’ll be back next month on the second anniversary of the death of her son, 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek. “These are not the anniversaries I ever thought I’d be observing,” she told a judge.