COOK, Minn. -- An Indiana man admitted Wednesday to fatally strangling his girlfriend at his family’s cabin property near here last summer. Daniel Gregory Lynn, 40, of South Bend, Indiana, pleaded guilty to a charge of unintentional second-degree murder at a hearing in State District Court in Virginia.
VIRGINIA, Minn., -- A Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a knife-wielding suspect who forced a woman from a car before holding another man hostage as a human shield, a prosecutor said Thursday, Jan 10. St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said officer Nick Grivna used deadly force as a “last resort” to stop 41-year-old J Scot Alan Widmark from potentially killing a random victim in the Nov. 27 incident.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Heidi Grahek visited a cemetery last week on the first anniversary of the death of her husband, St. Paul police Sgt. Jon Grahek. She’ll be back next month on the second anniversary of the death of her son, 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek. “These are not the anniversaries I ever thought I’d be observing,” she told a judge.
DULUTH -- A judge refused to overturn a ruling that gave a Duluth police officer his job back after he was fired for dragging a handcuffed man through the downtown Duluth skywalk system in May 2017. Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden denied the city’s motion to vacate an arbitration award reinstating officer Adam Huot. City officials moved to terminate Huot, a nine-year veteran with a history of excessive-force complaints, in wake of the incident, but the Duluth Police Union contested the move.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a Grand Rapids man’s murder conviction and life sentence for his involvement in the beheading death of a Hibbing man in June 2016. The state’s high court issued the unanimous opinion Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the case of Joseph Christen Thoresen, who was convicted of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old David Alexander Haiman in rural Itasca County. The conviction carried an automatic life sentence without any opportunity for parole.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Those responsible for the theft of a pair of the famous ruby slippers from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids more than a decade ago attempted to extort the owners of artifact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. The FBI unveiled the slippers at a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 4, at its Minneapolis field office — the first time they have been seen since being taken from the museum in August 2005.
An arbitrator last week reinstated a Duluth police officer who was captured on video dragging a handcuffed man through the skywalk and ramming his head into a steel door. The Duluth Police Department moved to fire the officer of nine years, Adam Huot, in wake of the incident, Police Chief Mike Tusken said at a news conference Friday.
DULUTH -- A Red Lake man pleaded not guilty Monday, Sept. 18, to charges that he fatally shot a 17-year-old boy following a dispute over a stolen PlayStation. Joshua Francis Hill, 20, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence in the June 24 death of Alexander Andrew Cadwell at an abandoned residence on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
A 19-year-old Hibbing man has admitted to stabbing and beating his roommate to death before burning the victim's body in an old mine pit in Mountain Iron. Dylan Bernard Gilbertson pleaded guilty Friday in State District Court in Virginia to an intentional second-degree murder charge in the death of 20-year-old Jaysen Greenwood.