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ST. PAUL—A Grand Rapids man's murder conviction and lifetime prison sentence should be reversed because his case was built on the unreliable testimony of an accomplice and other witnesses who were under the influence of drugs. That's the argument an attorney made to the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of 37-year-old Joseph Christen Thoresen, who is serving life without parole in the stabbing and beheading death of 20-year-old David Alexander Haiman of Hibbing.
CLOQUET , Minn. — A man known for his involvement in a popular Cloquet restaurant was deported to Mexico this week but will petition for re-entry into the United States, his wife said Friday, Aug. 17. Pedro Aranda, 42, is back in his home country after being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last week, Erika Aranda told the News Tribune. She said he has been in contact with his children in Cloquet and is doing well.
DULUTH — As a legal battle rages in federal court, local officials say they have yet to see 3D-printed firearms hit the streets in the Northland. But some authorities are bracing for the potential arrival of 3D-printed guns. While those devices are largely untested — and questions persist about their practicability — rapidly evolving technology has brought both legal and public safety concerns to the forefront.
DULUTH—The two defendants facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek will receive separate trials. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger last week denied a prosecution request to join the cases of 22-year-old Deandre Demetrius Davenport and 19-year-old Noah Anthony Charles King. Munger said in an order that a joint trial with only one jury "would result in substantial prejudice to the defendants."
A Duluth teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old former student numerous times over the course of at least two weeks. Karla Jean Winterfeld, a 33-year-old Lincoln Park Middle School teacher, was charged Wednesday with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct — the highest level of sex crime under Minnesota law.
DULUTH—A three-year investigation of illegal snaring in Itasca County has led to dozens of charges against two central Minnesota men accused of taking seven wolves, two black bears and numerous deer. Brad Allen Dumonceaux, 43, and Stephen Gerard Bemboom, 60, both of Foley, Minn., each face 67 counts in State District Court in Grand Rapids. Criminal complaints issued late last week accuse the men of setting and neglecting the illegal snares which were discovered by a forester in northwestern Itasca County.
RED CLIFF, Wis. — Surveying the design of newly minted U.S. quarters featuring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Rick Peterson suggested a small change. "Looking outside, we should probably have a snowmobile instead of a kayak," he joked of the coin's design, which features a visitor to the park with a backdrop of the Devils Island sea caves and lighthouse. But Peterson, chairman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said the Northwestern Wisconsin climate is a small price to pay for his reservation's proximity to 21 "majestic" islands.
DULUTH, Minn.—A jailhouse informant provided crucial information that helped investigators arrest five suspects in last year's fatal shooting of a Duluth college student, newly filed documents reveal. The "primary source" of information pertaining to the February 2017 death of William Grahek came from an inmate who reportedly received a confession from one of the three men present at the crime scene, according to briefs filed this month by defense attorneys.
PROCTOR, Minn.—A northeast Minnesota man was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison for unloading an AR-15 in the direction of his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in November 2016. Rusty George Kallis, 41, of Proctor pleaded guilty in December to a charge of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He admitted that he threatened his girlfriend and two children with the firearm before firing off more than three-dozen rounds at the woman, missing her but striking a house across the street, and later pointing the weapon at a neighbor.
TWO HARBORS, Minn.—Soon after a federal agency pulled his commercial trucking license and a judge ordered him not to drive, John Ray Carpenter was back behind the wheel. The owner-operator of a Hibbing, Minn., septic services company, Carpenter had a documented history of sleep apnea that resulted in at least six crashes in recent years and dozens of violations of federal regulations. But even after he blacked out at the wheel of his tanker in October 2015, crossing the centerline and killing an oncoming motorist, Carpenter disobeyed orders to stay off the road.