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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A new report alleges that a fired Itasca County sheriff’s deputy who is running to unseat his former boss misused a county-issued cellphone to download pornography and send sexually charged text messages. The six-page report, prepared by an independent investigator, states that a computer forensics firm recovered hundreds of explicit images, videos and messages on the phone that was used by former deputy Bryan Johnson.
DULUTH — A Grand Rapids man charged in a 2017 Hibbing homicide case "knowingly, willingly and voluntarily" provided a confession to law enforcement, a judge said. Judge Mark Starr on Friday denied a motion to suppress statements made by Benjamin David Lundquist in the investigation of the stabbing and beating death of 54-year-old Joel Dean Gangness.
DULUTH — Vying to fill one of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seats for the remaining two years of President Donald Trump's first term in office, both major party candidates said they aren't afraid to challenge the president on immigration. That comes as little surprise from Sen. Tina Smith, the Democrat appointed to the seat in January, who has joined a chorus of critics, particularly on the administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexican border.
CHISHOLM, Minn. — A Chisholm man with an extensive history of natural resource violations has admitted to his role in what authorities described as one of the largest illegal trapping cases on record in Minnesota. Roderick Robert Kottom, 70, will avoid jail time if he completes probation and pays a fine and restitution after pleading guilty this month to three charges in his latest case in State District Court.
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.