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GILBERT, Minn. — It started as a fairly routine call for St. Louis County sheriff's deputy Derrick Duetsch on Dec. 22. A Gilbert police officer had spotted a woman with an outstanding arrest warrant, and Deutsch was in the area. He offered his assistance in taking her into custody. But the events that transpired in the 44 seconds after the deputy arrived on scene were anything but routine.
DULUTH—Tuesday, June 12, started with a court appearance for the Lincoln Park Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a former student. It ended with her being disciplined by the Duluth School Board, though the nature of that discipline was not immediately released. Karla Jean Winterfeld, 33, is facing a felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after investigators said she admitted last month to committing multiple sex acts with a 15-year-old victim.
DULUTH—The Diocese of Duluth has settled with a third insurer as it inches closer to a resolution in its prolonged bankruptcy. Church Mutual Insurance Company will contribute $250,000 to victims of child sexual abuse under the terms of a settlement agreement made public this week. The Merrill, Wis.-based company is the third of five insurers to come to terms with the diocese. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel is expected to approve the settlement at a June 28 hearing. The settlement would bring the pool of money made available for victims to $9.2 million.
DULUTH—The two defendants facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek will receive separate trials. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger last week denied a prosecution request to join the cases of 22-year-old Deandre Demetrius Davenport and 19-year-old Noah Anthony Charles King. Munger said in an order that a joint trial with only one jury "would result in substantial prejudice to the defendants."
DULUTH, Minn.—William Grahek called his father on Feb. 14, 2017. The University of Minnesota Duluth student and U.S. Army reservist said was planning to join the military full time. Twenty minutes later, Jon and Heidi Grahek received another phone call. They learned that their eldest son had been shot inside his home. An hour after that, a third phone call. The 22-year-old had died from his injuries. "Children are not supposed to die before their parents," Heidi Grahek told a judge Thursday, May 24. "Especially not in such a violent and senseless way."
A Duluth teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old former student numerous times over the course of at least two weeks. Karla Jean Winterfeld, a 33-year-old Lincoln Park Middle School teacher, was charged Wednesday with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct — the highest level of sex crime under Minnesota law.
DULUTH, Minn.—A Hibbing man who left his infant nephew home alone can face trial on manslaughter charges in the boy's fire death, a judge ruled. Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski, 25, faces four charges in connection with the death of 11-month-old Bentley Joe Lewis Koski in Tower. Sixth Judicial District Judge Gary Pagliaccetti this week found probable cause to support two counts of second-degree manslaughter, denying Bonacci-Koski's motion to dismiss the felony offenses.
DULUTH—A three-year investigation of illegal snaring in Itasca County has led to dozens of charges against two central Minnesota men accused of taking seven wolves, two black bears and numerous deer. Brad Allen Dumonceaux, 43, and Stephen Gerard Bemboom, 60, both of Foley, Minn., each face 67 counts in State District Court in Grand Rapids. Criminal complaints issued late last week accuse the men of setting and neglecting the illegal snares which were discovered by a forester in northwestern Itasca County.
DULUTH — Two men charged with first-degree murder in last year's fatal shooting of Duluth college student William Grahek are tentatively set to face trial this fall. Yet to be decided is whether 22-year-old Deandre Demetrius Davenport and 19-year-old Noah Anthony Charles King will go before the same jury. Davenport and King appeared in State District Court in Duluth on Friday, April 27, for the first time since 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Munger rejected their motions to dismiss grand jury indictments that have them facing potential life sentences.
CLOQUET, Minn. — Three people face charges after a disturbance at an anti-pipeline encampment on the Fond du Lac Reservation led to a scuffle with police on Tuesday night, April 24. Authorities said neighbors reported "louder than normal" activity at Camp Makwa, north of Cloquet, shortly after 7 p.m. Officers arriving on scene reportedly found an assault victim and encountered several combative protesters.