VIRGINIA, Minn., -- A Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a knife-wielding suspect who forced a woman from a car before holding another man hostage as a human shield, a prosecutor said Thursday, Jan 10. St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said officer Nick Grivna used deadly force as a “last resort” to stop 41-year-old J Scot Alan Widmark from potentially killing a random victim in the Nov. 27 incident.
DULUTH -- A judge refused to overturn a ruling that gave a Duluth police officer his job back after he was fired for dragging a handcuffed man through the downtown Duluth skywalk system in May 2017. Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden denied the city’s motion to vacate an arbitration award reinstating officer Adam Huot. City officials moved to terminate Huot, a nine-year veteran with a history of excessive-force complaints, in wake of the incident, but the Duluth Police Union contested the move.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a Grand Rapids man’s murder conviction and life sentence for his involvement in the beheading death of a Hibbing man in June 2016. The state’s high court issued the unanimous opinion Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the case of Joseph Christen Thoresen, who was convicted of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old David Alexander Haiman in rural Itasca County. The conviction carried an automatic life sentence without any opportunity for parole.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Those responsible for the theft of a pair of the famous ruby slippers from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids more than a decade ago attempted to extort the owners of artifact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. The FBI unveiled the slippers at a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 4, at its Minneapolis field office — the first time they have been seen since being taken from the museum in August 2005.