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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.
DULUTH — Two men charged with first-degree murder in last year's fatal shooting of Duluth college student William Grahek are tentatively set to face trial this fall. Yet to be decided is whether 22-year-old Deandre Demetrius Davenport and 19-year-old Noah Anthony Charles King will go before the same jury. Davenport and King appeared in State District Court in Duluth on Friday, April 27, for the first time since 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Munger rejected their motions to dismiss grand jury indictments that have them facing potential life sentences.
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—Three defendants will stand trial on first-degree murder charges in last year's fatal shooting of a Duluth college student. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger recently denied motions to dismiss the grand jury indictments against 22-year-old Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 19-year-old Noah Anthony Charles King and 20-year-old Noah Duane Baker.
DULUTH — A jury has found that former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller was subjected to sex discrimination and retaliation when her contract was not renewed after 16 seasons at the school. The jury awarded Miller $3.74 million. The panel of eight women and four men reached the verdict this afternoon at the federal courthouse in downtown Duluth. They started deliberating at 11:30 a.m. after hearing closing arguments from either side on the eighth day of the trial.
DULUTH, Minn.—University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor Lendley Black sat in the front row of a courtroom Tuesday, surrounded by fellow school officials and supporters. On the opposite side sat his predecessor, Kathryn Martin, accompanied by past players and supporters of former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller. If the seating arrangement didn't provide a clear juxtaposition, their trips to the witness stand would.
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.
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.
DULUTH, Minn.—A surprise defense involving an alternative shooter derailed a Duluth murder trial almost as soon as it got underway Tuesday, Jan 23. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Johnson declared a mistrial in the case of 43-year-old Aaron Demetrius Humphreys before the first witness even took the stand. Prosecutors objected to the opening statement from defense attorney Kassius Benson, who argued that it was another man who fatally shot 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns at the front door of Lincoln Park's Bedrock Bar in October 2016.
DULUTH, Minn.—Two suspects accused of aiding in last year's fatal shooting of a Duluth college student during an alleged robbery can proceed to trial, a judge ruled. In separate orders issued last week, 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Munger upheld felony charges against Tara Rai Baker and Xavier Alfred Haywood in the February 2017 death of 22-year-old William Grahek.