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An Iron Range man faces a felony charge after allegedly threatening another man with a gun during a dispute about car repairs. Antwon Tirrell McCune, 22, was arraigned Friday in State District Court in Hibbing on a felony charge of aggravated second-degree robbery. McCune was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his Hibbing residence after reportedly holding the victim at gunpoint and stealing his cellphone. The incident apparently stemmed from the victim's failure to complete a brake job on the defendant's vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.
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.
The suspect accused of entering a West Duluth residence and randomly stabbing a sleeping man more than a dozen times last month was back in court Wednesday. Willie Davis Nicholson, 23, appeared briefly in State District Court in Duluth for the first time since his arraignment on charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. Nicholson is accused of entering an apartment on the 4700 block of Grand Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. on Jan. 27 and stabbing 20-year-old Benjamin VanDell at least 14 times.
PROCTOR, Minn.—A northeast Minnesota man was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison for unloading an AR-15 in the direction of his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in November 2016. Rusty George Kallis, 41, of Proctor pleaded guilty in December to a charge of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He admitted that he threatened his girlfriend and two children with the firearm before firing off more than three-dozen rounds at the woman, missing her but striking a house across the street, and later pointing the weapon at a neighbor.
A Proctor man was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison for unloading an AR-15 in the direction of his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in November 2016. Rusty George Kallis, 41, pleaded guilty in December to a charge of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He admitted that he threatened his girlfriend and two children with the firearm before firing off more than three-dozen rounds at the woman, missing her but striking a house across the street, and later pointing the weapon at a neighbor.
Angela Smith came to court Thursday with a collection of items belonging to her son, Axton Dylan Whitfield, who was killed last year in a car crash. The clean, white Air Jordan sneakers he was wearing when he died. The new phone he had worked hard to purchase. His wallet, still containing the cash he'll never get to spend. A lock of his hair. The hospital bracelet from when he was born.
Authorities are searching for an inmate who allegedly escaped custody while he was scheduled to transfer from the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth on Wednesday. Daniel Torres, 44, was transferring from the minimum-security Duluth prison to a satellite facility in Illinois when he fled, the Bureau of Prisons reported. Spokesman Roger Pelawa said Torres was granted a furlough transfer, in which he was allowed to take a bus to the facility in Marion, Ill., when he disappeared at about 7:30 a.m.
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 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.
A federal judge on Thursday threw out significant portions of an $18 million discrimination lawsuit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women’s sports coaches, including all claims from two of the plaintiffs. U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz said only Shannon Miller, the ousted longtime women’s hockey coach, can proceed to trial next month on allegations that she was subjected to gender discrimination and Title IX retaliation.
A Carlton County man who admitted to stalking multiple joggers in West Duluth last spring will spend the next several months in the Northeast Regional Corrections Center. Tyler Rodney Stohlberg, 22, of Wright, received his sentence Thursday in State District Court in Duluth after a judge last year rejected a plea agreement that would have allowed him to avoid additional time in custody.