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HIBBING, Minn. — A Hibbing woman will go to prison for providing her boyfriend with a fatal dose of a highly potent prescription painkiller. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson on Thursday handed down a guideline, four-year prison sentence to 48-year-old Kimberly Ann Elkins in State District Court in Hibbing. Elkins, in pleading guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge in July, admitted that she caused 36-year-old Aaron John Rost's death by providing him with a portion of her prescription fentanyl patch in December 2015.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Hibbing man who twice admitted in state court to spying on and recording naked and partially clothed women through residential windows has now been convicted on federal child pornography charges. A Minneapolis jury on Wednesday, Aug. 30, found Kevin James Petroske, 36, guilty of eight counts of production and attempted production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court.
Here are a few missing person cases from recent months and years still being investigated by the Duluth Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies. Anyone who may have information about any of the cases is asked to call 911. Sheila St. Clair Last seen: Aug. 15, 2015, in Duluth Age at disappearance: 48 Description: Native American, 5-5, 125 pounds, black hair, brown eyes
DULUTH — Shawn Carr is planning a vigil next month for Sheila St. Clair, the Duluth woman who hasn't been seen in two years and whose disappearance police have described as suspicious. It'll be the third consecutive year that Carr, fellow community members and police have gathered in Central Hillside Park to plead for the public's help in bringing forward information that will provide answers for her family and friends. He's hoping it doesn't become an annual occurrence.
PINE CITY, Minn.—A Pine City teen, irate over being ripped off in a marijuana transaction, retaliated by opening fire on a 22-year-old dealer, fatally wounding him in a confrontation over a $180 debt, according to court documents. Patrick James Root, 17, was charged in juvenile court last week with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Timothy Cary Hughes, who was gunned down in a Pine City mobile home park on Aug. 4.
DULUTH — A West Duluth assisted living facility has settled the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 74-year-old resident who died after wandering away from the care center in 2013. The Wesley Residence and parent company At Home Living Facilities of Hermantown last month resolved the civil suit brought in February 2016 by Mark Gerard. The disappearance of his dementia-stricken mother, Dale Gerard, set off months of searches before her body was found nine months later in the Lincoln Park area.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Marcus Lee Roberts was a hard-working father of five who cared deeply for his family and spent every spare dollar helping others, those closest to him told a judge Wednesday. Nearly two years after the 35-year-old Twin Cities native was fatally shot while working at a holiday party at a popular North Shore resort, his family was left with far more questions than answers.
About four years ago, Karl Tarnowski built a new house for his parents adjacent to his own home along Norton Road in upper Kenwood. His dad, Ron, is 82 years old and has early stage dementia. His mom, Mary, 78, suffers from right-side paralysis and has difficulty speaking. At the new home, Karl and his wife, Bev, could check in every morning, noon and night to visit his parents and tend to their medical needs.
BOVEY, Minn. — With a population of only about 800, the Iron Range town of Bovey is governed by a mayor and four city councilors. Two of them are currently facing felony charges in State District Court. Councilors Michael Bibich and Bryan Johnson have each been charged this year with theft — though the alleged incidents are unrelated and have little in common. Bibich, a 64-year-old former mayor, is accused of stealing more than $1,600 worth of kitchen equipment from a gas station that had been tax-forfeited to Itasca County.
HIBBING, Minn.—A 48-year-old Hibbing woman admitted Thursday to providing her boyfriend with a fatal dose of fentanyl, a highly potent prescription painkiller, in 2015. Kimberly Ann Elkins pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge before Judge David Ackerson in State District Court in Hibbing. Elkins admitted she was responsible for the death of 36-year-old Aaron John Rost, who authorities said overdosed after ingesting a portion of a prescription patch given to him by his girlfriend.