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DULUTH — A jury's verdict has both sides claiming victory in the lawsuit that brought a prominent Duluth priest against a man who accused him of child sexual abuse. The eight-member Duluth jury concluded late Thursday night that T.J. Davis interfered with the contractual duties of the Rev. William Graham when he filed abuse claims in May 2016, but that he did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on the priest.
DULUTH — Attorneys for Shannon Miller believe the former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach should be reinstated to her position or awarded up to an additional $3 million to compensate her for future lost wages and benefits. The university maintains it would be impossible for Miller to reassume her post, and contends that she is not entitled to any additional damages because she has failed to make adequate efforts to secure new employment since UMD chose not to renew her contract nearly four years ago.
ST. PAUL—A Grand Rapids man's murder conviction and lifetime prison sentence should be reversed because his case was built on the unreliable testimony of an accomplice and other witnesses who were under the influence of drugs. That's the argument an attorney made to the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of 37-year-old Joseph Christen Thoresen, who is serving life without parole in the stabbing and beheading death of 20-year-old David Alexander Haiman of Hibbing.
HIBBING, Minn.—A northeast Minnesota man who stole and damaged a nearly 20-ton military truck worth more than $500,000 from the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Hibbing was sentenced Friday to nearly two years in prison. Judge Mark Starr sentenced Nathan John Strom, 34, of nearby Virginia, in State District Court in Hibbing. Strom pleaded guilty in June to felony theft of a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor third-degree test refusal, admitting that he was intoxicated when he stole the vehicle and an attached trailer from the armory on March 14.
CLOQUET , Minn. — A man known for his involvement in a popular Cloquet restaurant was deported to Mexico this week but will petition for re-entry into the United States, his wife said Friday, Aug. 17. Pedro Aranda, 42, is back in his home country after being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last week, Erika Aranda told the News Tribune. She said he has been in contact with his children in Cloquet and is doing well.
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 — A night's rest apparently provided all the clarity jurors needed in the Duluth murder trial of Aaron Demetrius Humphreys. After nine hours of deliberation without a unanimous decision Wednesday, it took the panel of nine women and three men took about an hour to reach a consensus Thursday morning, July 26. The jury found Humphreys, 44, not guilty of intentional second-degree murder in the Oct. 18, 2016, shooting death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns at the front door of Lincoln Park's Bedrock Bar.
DULUTH—A Duluth jury spent about three hours Wednesday reviewing surveillance video from the Bedrock Bar, where 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns was fatally shot in 2016. The video is key evidence in the murder trial of 44-year-old Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, but that it was even shown in court marked a significant development in the case. Two prior mistrials resulted in juries being dismissed before hearing from a single witness.
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.