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Police have been conducting a follow-up investigation in recent months, but a May trial remains on as scheduled for a Duluth murder defendant. Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 44, is set to face a jury on May 14 in the October 2016 shooting death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns at the front door of Lincoln Park's Bedrock Bar.
Tara Rai Baker did not serve as the getaway driver for a trio of suspects in the fatal shooting of Duluth college student William Grahek, her brother testified last week. But after learning of the botched robbery, Baker did give one of the men a ride home and later lied to investigators in an attempt to cover up their actions on Feb. 14, 2017. Baker, 23, admitted as much Wednesday in State District Court, pleading guilty to a felony count of aiding an offender as an accomplice after the fact.
Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski made a poor decision to leave his 11-month-old nephew, Bentley, home alone while being paid to babysit last August. But the 25-year-old Hibbing man had no reason to suspect that a fire would soon engulf the Tower residence, causing the boy's death, his defense attorney argued in a recent brief. "Mr. Bonacci-Koski's conduct, while ill-advised, was insufficient to establish criminal liability," public defender J.D. Schmid wrote in support of a motion seeking dismissal of two second-degree manslaughter charges.
Plans were in place to rob William Grahek of drugs and cash a month before the attempted heist resulted in the Duluth college student's death, an accomplice admitted Friday afternoon. Noah Duane Baker, 20, pleaded guilty to an intentional second-degree murder charge in the February 2017 shooting death at Grahek's East Hillside residence. Baker, the first of five defendants in the case to admit guilt, testified that his sister's boyfriend, Deandre Demetrius Davenport, fired two rounds at Grahek after the 22-year-old victim refused to turn over a safe during the home invasion.
A federal judge has ordered the University of Minnesota Duluth and three former women's sports coaches back to the bargaining table in an effort to resolve two discrimination lawsuits. U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz recently placed a hold on post-trial litigation in federal court, several weeks after a Duluth jury awarded $3.74 million in damages to longtime women's hockey coach Shannon Miller.
RED CLIFF — Surveying the design of newly minted U.S. quarters featuring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Rick Peterson suggested a small change. "Looking outside, we should probably have a snowmobile instead of a kayak," he joked of the coin's design, which features a visitor to the park with a backdrop of the Devils Island sea caves and lighthouse. But Peterson, chairman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said the Northwestern Wisconsin climate is a small price to pay for his reservation's proximity to 21 "majestic" islands.
RED CLIFF, Wis. — Surveying the design of newly minted U.S. quarters featuring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Rick Peterson suggested a small change. "Looking outside, we should probably have a snowmobile instead of a kayak," he joked of the coin's design, which features a visitor to the park with a backdrop of the Devils Island sea caves and lighthouse. But Peterson, chairman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said the Northwestern Wisconsin climate is a small price to pay for his reservation's proximity to 21 "majestic" islands.
An Iowa man has pleaded not guilty in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist on the North Shore last summer. Daniel Arlin Schutte, 56, is charged with careless driving and failure to yield in the August collision that killed 50-year-old Jennifer Ann White of Grand Forks, N.D. Authorities said Schutte illegally turned his pickup truck in front of White's motorcycle on State Highway 61 north of Two Harbors. Schutte reportedly told investigators that he did not see White as he was driving toward the sun and attempting to find his turn.
A 20-year-old Duluth man has been charged with a misdemeanor traffic offense in a crash that killed a well-known Iron Range businessman last Memorial Day. Alex William Day is accused of crossing the centerline on Rice Lake Road, colliding head-on with oncoming motorist Charles Frank Zupancich on the afternoon of May 29. Zupancich, a 68-year-old retired Aurora grocery store owner, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A judge on Wednesday refused to delay the first scheduled trial in last year's fatal shooting of Duluth college student William Grahek. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger ruled that a May 22 court trial will remain on the calendar for 23-year-old Tara Rai Baker, who is accused of serving as a getaway driver in the February 2017 robbery-turned-homicide.