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.
An arbitrator last week reinstated a Duluth police officer who was captured on video dragging a handcuffed man through the skywalk and ramming his head into a steel door. The Duluth Police Department moved to fire the officer of nine years, Adam Huot, in wake of the incident, Police Chief Mike Tusken said at a news conference Friday.
DULUTH -- A Red Lake man pleaded not guilty Monday, Sept. 18, to charges that he fatally shot a 17-year-old boy following a dispute over a stolen PlayStation. Joshua Francis Hill, 20, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence in the June 24 death of Alexander Andrew Cadwell at an abandoned residence on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
SUPERIOR, Wis. – Teah Joan Phillips took the witness stand to testify in the trials of three co-defendants charged in connection with a 2014 shooting death in Superior. And she accepted legal responsibility for her role in April when she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of party to attempted armed robbery. But one thing she hasn't done, Douglas County Circuit Judge George Glonek said, is truly take responsibility for her decision to drive four accomplices to Superior's Allouez neighborhood, where a robbery attempt turned to murder on Sept. 30, 2014.
TWO HARBORS, Minn. — Barney James Lakner was spared a return to prison on Monday, but he was met with scathing remarks from a judge as he was sentenced for his second major offense in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in less than a decade. Judge Michael Cuzzo ordered Lakner to serve three years of probation and 180 days in jail for leading conservation officers on a high-speed snowmobile pursuit across Basswood Lake in January 2014. The judge also barred Lakner from entering the Boundary Waters while on probation and imposed a $500 fine. "Mr.