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A Duluth man was found guilty Thursday night of aiding an offender as an accomplice after the fact in the February 2017 shooting death of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek. Xavier Alfred Haywood, 28, nodded his head and glanced toward jurors as Senior Judge Mark Munger read the verdict at 10 p.m. The panel of seven women and five men deliberated about three hours before reaching a consensus on the felony charge.
HIBBING — Benjamin David Lundquist was not thinking clearly when he randomly went to an apartment building and killed Joel Dean Gangness in January 2017. But the Grand Rapids man has no legal basis for a mental illness defense, an expert testified Wednesday. "I believe he was delusional," said psychologist Anne Pascucci. "I believe he was having psychotic symptoms. But I believe it was the result of volitional consumption of controlled substances."
HIBBING — Two mental health experts testified Tuesday that they believe Benjamin David Lundquist did not understand it was wrong to kill Joel Dean Gangness in January 2017. Both psychologists, retained by Lundquist's defense team, diagnosed the 34-year-old defendant with schizoaffective disorder — a condition that includes symptoms of schizophrenia and mood disorder.
HIBBING — A Grand Rapids man who told police Jesus directed him to commit murder is asserting that he is not guilty due to mental illness. Benjamin David Lundquist, 34, fatally stabbed 54-year-old Joel Dean Gangness more than a dozen times in a random attack at the victim's Hibbing apartment in January 2017.
Michelle Lin opened her year-round West Duluth ice cream shop in the waning weeks of summer. A few months later, the region was blasted with a one-two punch of its coldest temperatures in decades and the snowiest February on record. But even a harsh winter, Lin said, didn't appear to do much to suppress the appetite for frozen treats in the Northland. "On the weekends, we're still busy," said Lin, manager of T-Icy Roll. "Even on a snowy day or a windy day, you have people coming in to eat ice cream."
BARRON, Wis. — Two months later, the "Welcome home, Jayme" signs still adorn businesses and government buildings in this close-knit community of 3,400. It's a striking indication of the city's ongoing support and concern for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who fled her captor in January, nearly three months after she was abducted and her parents were killed inside their Barron home. But now, it's OK to begin moving on, famed kidnapping survivor-turned-activist Elizabeth Smart told a large crowd Friday night.
A Duluth attorney will remain suspended for at least three additional years after admitting that he used client funds to pay personal debts even as he was under investigation for bookkeeping issues. The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the disciplinary period for Nicholas Schutz, who has not practiced law since he was first suspended nearly five years ago.
Nearly a full year after a jury rendered its verdict in Shannon Miller's federal lawsuit against the University of Minnesota Duluth, much remains at stake in the contentious case. The university on Wednesday took the long-promised formal step of filing a motion to overturn the verdict, which was recently increased to $4.21 million. Attorneys are seeking judgment in UMD's favor, a new trial or a reduction in damages.
A Duluth police officer was justified in returning fire on a man who wounded a fellow officer and killed a police dog in January, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin announced Wednesday. Officer Dale Marcus, a 20-year veteran, fired a single round in response to seven shots from 27-year-old domestic-assault suspect Taylor Joseph Turek, Rubin said in a report. Marcus’ shot did not strike Turek, who was determined to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Steve Stracek said farewell to his coworkers in the training room of the Duluth Public Safety Building on a summer day in 2014. After spending 21 years working his way up the ranks of the Duluth Police Department, Stracek was excited to transition into his new role as Cloquet's police chief. Nearly five tumultuous years later, Stracek found himself back in the same room Thursday, surrounded by many of the same colleagues. This time, he was taking the oath as the newest officer on the Duluth force.