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DULUTH — A judge urged settlement talks Thursday in the federal discrimination suit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle also told attorneys that he wants the case to go to trial in September if no resolution can be reached, imposing a hard deadline that he said he would not change.
WRENSHALL, Minn. — A Carlton County man allegedly carved the word "snitch" into a 17-year-old hostage's chest and circulated a Snapchat photo of the victim tied to a chair with a bag over his head. Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, was charged Thursday, May 18, with seven felonies in the alleged kidnapping and assault Monday at his home in Silver Brook Township, near Wrenshall. The teen, who is from Duluth but was not identified by authorities, also suffered serious head injuries and burns to his neck, according to a criminal complaint.
The interception of a FedEx package containing a pound of methamphetamine, a high-speed motorcycle pursuit across the Bong Bridge and a last-ditch effort to escape through a hotel window preceded the arrests of a Superior couple that prosecutors said were "near the top of the pyramid in a lucrative distribution conspiracy" that stretched from Colorado to the Twin Ports.
DULUTH, Minn. — The South St. Louis County DWI Court will receive national recognition Friday, May 5, as one of the top specialty courts in the country. The National Center for DWI Courts selected the Duluth-based program as one of four "Academy Courts" — those deemed to be the most effective in reducing recidivism and saving public money by providing intensive supervision and resources to drunken-driving offenders who are considered at high risk to reoffend.
DULUTH, Minn. — A Duluth man charged in connection with a New Year's Day homicide in Superior, Wis., has waived extradition and is expected to make his first appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Tuesday, April 25. Jamar Maurice Smith, 25, has been jailed in western Minnesota for more than three months on an alleged probation violation in an assault case there. Smith is the only person who has been charged in connection with the Jan. 1 double shooting outside the Third Base Bar, which left 21-year-old Kyle Androsky dead and his brother seriously wounded.
DULUTH, Minn. — Longtime University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller met with athletic director Josh Berlo and Chancellor Lendley Black through the summer and fall of 2014 to discuss a new contract. Then beginning her 16th season as the Bulldogs head coach, Miller wanted a two-year extension through June 2017, after which she planned to "take a year off and then do something else with my life," according to documents filed recently in the federal lawsuit she brought against the university.
DULUTH, Minn.—A judge has imposed a deadline for prosecutors to turn over the identities of two key witnesses to defense attorneys in a Duluth homicide case. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger said the St. Louis County Attorney's Office must disclose the names by June 1 to attorneys representing the five defendants charged in connection with the fatal shooting of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek.
When David Alexander Haiman was found dead last June in rural Itasca County, Kayleene Danielle Greniger told investigators that her boyfriend killed the 20-year-old man in retaliation for a sexual assault. She stated at the time that Joseph Christen Thoresen lured Haiman to the Ball Club area and stabbed him numerous times — ignoring her pleas to stop the assault — before beheading the victim with a machete. But when Greniger, 23, appeared in State District Court for a plea hearing in February, Thoresen's attorneys noted, her story had changed drastically.
DULUTH — At least nine people witnessed a Superior, Wis., woman fatally strike a good Samaritan who came to her aid after her vehicle skidded off London Road on Tuesday, according to charges filed Friday, April 7. Theresa Marie Katzmark, 49, was arraigned in State District Court in Duluth on a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 62-year-old Donna Ruth Estrem of Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn.—Police have identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday in Duluth, while the driver remains jailed and awaits vehicular homicide charges. Donna Ruth Estrem, 62, of Duluth, was struck and killed by an SUV at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of London Road and 40th Avenue East, in the city's Congdon Park neighborhood, according to the Duluth Police Department.