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HIBBING, Minn.—A Hibbing murder defendant was found competent to proceed in court Thursday, nearly six months after his case was put on hold while he underwent a mental health evaluation. Benjamin David Lundquist, 32, of Grand Rapids, is accused of fatally stabbing Joel Dean Gangness inside an apartment building in January. Lundquist allegedly admitted that he knocked on Gangness' door and confronted him at random, stating that he stabbed and bludgeoned the victim because "Jesus directed him to do it," according to a criminal complaint.
DULUTH, Minn. — Eric Ringsred, a Duluth property owner and preservationist, owes more than $2.5 million in unpaid federal taxes over the past decade, the Internal Revenue Service said in a recent document filed in St. Louis County. The IRS in May issued a federal lien against Ringsred, reporting that he has failed to pay significant taxes on personal income for each year from 2007 to 2014.
WRENSHALL, Minn. — A Carlton County man allegedly carved the word "snitch" into a 17-year-old hostage's chest and circulated a Snapchat photo of the victim tied to a chair with a bag over his head. Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, was charged Thursday, May 18, with seven felonies in the alleged kidnapping and assault Monday at his home in Silver Brook Township, near Wrenshall. The teen, who is from Duluth but was not identified by authorities, also suffered serious head injuries and burns to his neck, according to a criminal complaint.
The interception of a FedEx package containing a pound of methamphetamine, a high-speed motorcycle pursuit across the Bong Bridge and a last-ditch effort to escape through a hotel window preceded the arrests of a Superior couple that prosecutors said were "near the top of the pyramid in a lucrative distribution conspiracy" that stretched from Colorado to the Twin Ports.
DULUTH, Minn.—A judge has imposed a deadline for prosecutors to turn over the identities of two key witnesses to defense attorneys in a Duluth homicide case. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger said the St. Louis County Attorney's Office must disclose the names by June 1 to attorneys representing the five defendants charged in connection with the fatal shooting of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek.
DULUTH — At least nine people witnessed a Superior, Wis., woman fatally strike a good Samaritan who came to her aid after her vehicle skidded off London Road on Tuesday, according to charges filed Friday, April 7. Theresa Marie Katzmark, 49, was arraigned in State District Court in Duluth on a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 62-year-old Donna Ruth Estrem of Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn.—A 62-year-old pedestrian was killed when she was struck by an SUV and thrown against an electrical box along London Road in Duluth on Tuesday, according to police and a witness at the scene. The Duluth Police Department confirmed that the woman died when she was struck near the intersection of London Road and 40th Avenue East around 12:40 p.m. Authorities said the vehicle was driven by a 49-year-old woman.
DULUTH — Attorneys sparred inside a Duluth courtroom Thursday over the identities of two key witnesses and the proposed testing of forensic evidence from a handgun in the investigation into February's fatal shooting in the East Hillside neighborhood. The five suspects charged in connection with the slaying of 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student William Andrew Grahek were in court for the first time since their arraignments in early March.
Augie, a man about 60 years old, has never seen a smartphone. He's never been on Facebook or LinkedIn. He's told he can learn anything he wants to know from YouTube — but first he needs to figure out how the video service works. He's been behind bars for 12 years — first at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, and for the past eight years at the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn.—The three remaining suspects in the fatal shooting of a University of Minnesota Duluth student have been charged with murder. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21; Noah Anthony Charles King, 18; and Noah Duane Baker, 19, were formally charged Tuesday morning, March 7, in the death of 22-year-old William Andrew Grahek. Each is charged with aiding and abetting intentional second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated robbery. They are scheduled to be arraigned in State District Court in Duluth later today.