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A Rochester, Minn., man who was shot by Hibbing police after reportedly striking another man over the head with a gun and pointing the weapon at officers has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Che Nathaniel Jones, 25, received the sentence Thursday from 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Starr in State District Court in Hibbing. The judge accepted the terms of a plea agreement reached last month between Jones and the St. Louis County Attorney's Office, imposing the below-guideline sentence that was mutually recommended.
Duluth police Lt. Chad Nagorski was planning to take some time off after Grandma's Marathon, typically the largest single-day event in the city every year. That plan changed when it was announced that President Donald Trump would hold a rally at Amsoil Arena on Wednesday. "It's two huge events in Duluth in the span of four days," said Nagorski, who serves as the department's liaison to the U.S. Secret Service and is helping coordinate the security efforts.
Two Ashland police officers were justified in shooting a suspect who reached for a gun after calling police on himself last fall, a special prosecutor said. Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King issued his findings Monday in the non-fatal shooting of 28-year-old Neville Walker in downtown Ashland on Oct. 23.
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.
Rachel Sullivan’s education and early career took her on a path through Boston, New York City and Minneapolis. But through it all, the Chisholm native says she discovered the place she truly wanted to be: back home on the Iron Range. On Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton rewarded the Hibbing attorney with an appointment to the 6th Judicial District bench.
A major insurance settlement will bring another $15 million to victims of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Duluth. The settlement with Continental Insurance Company will more than double the pool of funds made available for the 125 claimants in the diocese's bankruptcy, increasing the total to $24.2 million. The agreement, filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, makes Continental the fourth of five insurers to come to terms with the diocese, which filed suit in June 2016 to force coverage of claims.
Tuesday 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.
President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Duluth next week, according to his official campaign website. The rally is set for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Trump, who campaigned in Superior in April 2016, will be the first sitting president to visit Duluth since George W. Bush in 2004. Check back for updates to this story.
In March 2014, Gary Stephen Gundy left a note on a car outside a Cotton gas station. Including a phone number, it read: "if youre female like to have fun, maybe get Buzzed ... Im a middle aged man looking for someone to hang out with. I'm not ugly LOL. Tx me." The car belonged to a 17-year-old girl who worked at the convenience store. Her father is a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office deputy. That note set into motion a series of events that resulted in Gundy receiving a five-year prison term — a sentence upheld last week by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
The Diocese of Duluth has settled with a third insurer as it inches closer to a resolution in its prolonged bankruptcy. Church Mutual Insurance Company will contribute $250,000 to victims of child sexual abuse under the terms of a settlement agreement made public this week. The Merrill, Wis.-based company is the third of five insurers to come to terms with the diocese. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel is expected to approve the settlement at a June 28 hearing. The settlement would bring the pool of money made available for victims to $9.2 million.