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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.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Duluth man accused of a fatal shooting outside a Lincoln Park bar in October 2016 will head to trial next month. Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 43, faces an intentional second-degree murder charge in the death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns, who authorities said was gunned down moments after the two men were involved in a barroom dispute.
DULUTH, Minn.—The woman accused of serving as the getaway driver for a trio of suspects in the death of a Duluth college student was "adamant" that she was the person behind the wheel immediately before and after the shooting, said prosecutors in a brief filed this week. That contradicts arguments from defense attorneys who are seeking dismissal of the charges against of 23-year-old Tara Rai Baker.
DULUTH — A second defendant in the slaying of a Duluth college student is seeking to have his case dismissed, while three others want further access to the grand jury proceedings that resulted in first-degree murder indictments. Four of the five defendants charged in connection with the Feb. 14 fatal shooting of 22-year-old WIlliam Grahek appeared in state district court on Monday, Nov. 20.
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy by an Ashland County Sheriff's Office deputy. The band said in a statement Thursday that it wants the agency's Civil Rights Division to conduct a "criminal civil rights and civil police misconduct investigation" into the Nov. 8 death of Jason Ike Pero.
The future of an $18 million discrimination lawsuit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches will be on the line in a Minneapolis courtroom Monday, Oct. 30. The university's attorneys will argue that former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, former softball coach Jen Banford and former women's basketball coach Annette Wiles have failed to produce evidence that they were forced from their positions due to age, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A woman will spend more than 30 years in prison for beheading a Hibbing man whom she said sexually assaulted her. Kayleene Danielle Greniger, 23, of Grand Rapids, pleaded guilty earlier this year to intentional second-degree murder in the June 2016 killing of 20-year-old David Haiman. On Monday, Oct. 16, a judge ordered her to serve 367 months in prison -- the maximum sentence permitted under state guidelines.
DULUTH — Brenda Leffler Harteau started off a recent training session for local law enforcement officers with an anonymous survey. She wanted to know what officers think when they hear the terms "biased policing" and "racial profiling." No politically correct answers, she requested — just the first words that come to mind. She received an array of written responses from the 16 officers in the room at Duluth's Public Safety Building: • "Citizens not getting their way; chance to riot." • "Lack of compassion, unprofessional, not the norm."