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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, Minn.—A northeast Minnesota man who allegedly ran over a former coworker with his vehicle as part of an ongoing dispute will face trial on an attempted murder charge in the fall. Court documents allege that 30-year-old Gideon Joseph Martin of Proctor intentionally struck a pedestrian with his car last month in a Duluth neighborhood.
DULUTH, Minn.—A yearlong investigation by local and federal law enforcement agencies has led to multiple charges in what authorities said was the first drug trafficking operation to focus on fentanyl distribution in northeast Minnesota. While police have reported a surge in the use of heroin and other prescription and street drugs over the past five years, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is said to be up to 50 times more potent than heroin.
DULUTH — A federal jury's $3.74 million verdict in favor of former University of Minnesota Duluth coach Shannon Miller provided a dramatic conclusion to a two-week trial in March. The decision, however, provided little closure in what has been a yearslong legal battle. In fact, nearly four months later, that dollar figure has yet to be finalized and university attorneys are still waiting for an opportunity to challenge the verdict. But before any of that can happen, U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz must still make one key ruling.
DULUTH — An arbitrator last week reinstated a Duluth police officer who was captured on video dragging a handcuffed man through the downtown skywalk system 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 May 20, 2017, incident, Police Chief Mike Tusken said at a news conference Friday. Body camera footage shows Huot dragging the reportedly intoxicated man nearly 100 feet through the skywalk between Lake Avenue and First Avenue West.
DULUTH — A Twin Cities man who set the two Vista Fleet boats adrift in the Duluth harbor last fall will serve probation for the crime, but a felony conviction will remain on his record. Gregory Mark Sullwold, 48, of Excelsior, Minn., was sentenced on a theft charge Friday, June 22, in State District Court in Duluth.
GILBERT, Minn. — It started as a fairly routine call for St. Louis County sheriff's deputy Derrick Duetsch on Dec. 22. A Gilbert police officer had spotted a woman with an outstanding arrest warrant, and Deutsch was in the area. He offered his assistance in taking her into custody. But the events that transpired in the 44 seconds after the deputy arrived on scene were anything but routine.
DULUTH—Tuesday, June 12, started with a court appearance for the Lincoln Park Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a former student. It ended with her being disciplined by the Duluth School Board, though the nature of that discipline was not immediately released. Karla Jean Winterfeld, 33, is facing a felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after investigators said she admitted last month to committing multiple sex acts with a 15-year-old victim.
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."
DULUTH, Minn.—William Grahek called his father on Feb. 14, 2017. The University of Minnesota Duluth student and U.S. Army reservist said was planning to join the military full time. Twenty minutes later, Jon and Heidi Grahek received another phone call. They learned that their eldest son had been shot inside his home. An hour after that, a third phone call. The 22-year-old had died from his injuries. "Children are not supposed to die before their parents," Heidi Grahek told a judge Thursday, May 24. "Especially not in such a violent and senseless way."