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  • Man found shot to death in Brooklyn Park home

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Sep 7, 2023

    A man was found shot to death in a Brooklyn Park home late Wednesday morning, officials said. A relative of the 54-year-old man called law enforcement and reported finding him unresponsive in the home in the 7200 block of 72nd Lane shortly after 10:20 a.m., police said. The man's identity has yet to be released. As of late Wednesday afternoon, no arrests have been made in what police have classified as a homicide. https://www.startribune.com/man-found-shot-to-death-in-brooklyn-park-home/600302553/...

  • Manslaughter plea from Red Lake man who killed passenger while drunk and speeding on icy road

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Jun 2, 2023

    Text size A northern Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after being accused of driving drunk at an extremely high speed, crashing his car and killing his passenger. Gerald Wayne Johnson, 27, of Red Lake entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in connection with the wreck on Nov. 6, 2021, that killed 33-year-old Regina M. Rushman of Ponemah. While speeding at more than 90 miles per hour in a 20 mph zone, Johnson lost control and crashed the car into a tree, according to court documents. Test results showed...

  • Man fatally shot at Brooklyn Center gas station

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Sep 30, 2021

    A man was fatally shot midday Wednesday at a Brooklyn Center gas station, authorities said. The gunfire occurred at the Speedway at 6950 Brooklyn Blvd., according to police. No arrests have been announced as the "investigation is active and ongoing," said police Cmdr. Garett Flesland. "Good leads are being followed up on." Flesland said the shooting does not appear to be random. https://www.startribune.com/man-fatally-shot-at-brooklyn-center-gas-station/600102080/...

  • Brainerd man gets prison for killing, decapitating bear on Red Lake land

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Jun 10, 2021

    A Brainerd man is heading to prison for killing and decapitating a 700-pound black bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The 15-month sentence given Tuesday for Brett J. Stimac, 41, by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson also included a year of supervised release and a $9,500 fine. Stimac pleaded guilty in September to misdemeanor wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian land after removing the head of the bear, but he later told the court that a hunger for glory inspired him to lie about...

  • Suspect charged in killing of 38-year-old man on Red Lake Reservation

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Jan 20, 2021

    A 36-year-old man has been charged with killing another man on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, authorities said. Ralph E. Cloud Jr., of Red Lake was indicted in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis last week in connection with the Sept. 12 death of Allen James Smith, 38, of Redby. Cloud remains in federal custody before a hearing on Friday. Cloud was charged on Thursday, on what would have been Smith's 39th birthday. Smith died of "traumatic head and neck injuries," according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, which...

  • Northern Minnesota hunter shoots, kills another hunter after mistaking him for deer

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Dec 1, 2020

    A hunter fired at what he thought was a deer in northern Minnesota and killed another hunter who was not wearing blaze orange or other high-visibility clothing, authorities said Monday. The shooting involving the two men who were not hunting together occurred as dusk settled in Wednesday near Puposky, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Lukas R. Dudley, 28, of Bemidji. Dudley had been released from jail Nov. 5 and was under court order not to possess a firearm. The other hunter, a...

  • Woodbury man ID'd as latest of Minneapolis' 68 homicide victims this year

    Paul Walsh|Oct 19, 2020

    A man shot late last week and found dead in a south Minneapolis neighborhood has been identified, authorities said. Mohamed Abdirasak Ahmed, 25, of Woodbury, was shot multiple times Wednesday night in the 3500 block of 19th Avenue S. and died at the scene, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said. Police had yet to announce an arrest in connection with Ahmed's death, the latest of the city's 68 homicides so far this year. "Preliminary investigation reveals that, based on evidence at the scene, the victim and suspect(s) likely knew...

  • Brainerd man pleads guilty to poaching black bear on Red Lake reservation

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Sep 18, 2020

    A Brainerd man pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally killing a 700-pound black bear while trespassing on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Brett James Stimac, 41, entered the plea to misdemeanor wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian land after removing the head of the bear, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Minnesota. Stimac shot the bear with a compound bow near a trash bin on Sept. 1, 2019. The bear ran away, but when Stimac found it the next day, he sawed off...

  • Authorities ID 20-year-old fatally shot in Bemidji; teen jailed, charged

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Feb 24, 2020

    Authorities have identified the 20-year-old who was fatally shot last week at a home in Bemidji allegedly by a teenager who has been charged with murder. Lupe Rosillo, 20, of nearby Cass Lake, was one of two people hit by gunfire with the gunfire Monday night at a residence in the 1100 block of Minnesota Avenue. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka said a single gunshot to the torso killed Rosillo. Antonio V. Parkhurst, of Red Lake, Minn., was arrested without incident elsewhere in...

  • Snow headed for Twin Cities early Monday, then subzero cold

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Dec 9, 2019

    Up to a half-foot of snow is in the forecast for the northern edge of the Twin Cities by the end of Monday morning, followed by a deep dive into bitter cold. The precipitation in the form of snow and freezing drizzle is expected to slip in under cover of darkness Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The snow is forecast to continue piling up through the morning commute with anywhere from 3 to 6 inches north of Interstate 94 and 1 to 3 inches south of the interstate, the NWS said in a hazardous weather notice Sunday...

  • 2 men plead guilty to dealing heroin in case that left 2 dead on northern Minnesota reservation

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Apr 24, 2019

    Two men have pleaded guilty to heroin distribution on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation in a case that also involves a shooting that killed two armed intruders. Bryan Boardman, 25, of Minneapolis, and Franklin Jackson, 23, of an unknown address, each pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Paul last week to conspiracy to distribute heroin, while Boardman also admitted to using a gun during a drug-trafficking crime. Fellow defendant Kristopher Sullivan, 24, address also unknown, has pleaded...

  • Woman, 2 children victims of homicide on White Earth reservation

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Mar 20, 2019

    A woman and her two children have been killed on the White Earth Indian reservation, authorities said. No one had been arrested as of Monday evening. Eugene “Umsy” Tibbetts, acting tribal chairman, told the Forum News Service that the victims were a daughter and two grandchildren of Michael LaRoque, the tribe’s director of public safety. Other details were scant. Earlier this year, the tribe made sharp cuts to many departmental budgets, including public safety. Five police officers were laid off, and several others resigned after a staff...

  • Feds: 2 gunmen shot dead trying to steal drugs from traffickers on Red Lake Reservation

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Feb 22, 2019

    One of three men newly charged with distributing heroin on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation is also accused of fatally shooting two armed robbers when they tried to steal the trafficking operation's drugs, authorities said Thursday. Indictments were unsealed in federal court Wednesday against Franklin Jackson, 23, Kristopher Sullivan and Bryan Boardman, both 24. All three are in federal custody. The indictments offer scant details about the allegations but zero in on the first three...

  • Longtime American Indian activist Dennis Banks

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Oct 31, 2017

    Dennis Banks, a longtime national American Indian activist who was acquitted in the famed 1970s Wounded Knee uprising trial, has died, his family said early Monday. Banks was 80 years old. "Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 p.m. on October 29, 2017," reads a post on Banks' Facebook page signed by his children and grandchildren. "As he took his last breaths, [son] Minoh sang him four songs for his journey," the notice continued. "All the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual...

  • Head-on crash on Hwy. 61 kills driver, injures her 2 granddaughters

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Jun 13, 2016

    A Wisconsin woman was killed and her two granddaughters injured Saturday evening in a head-on collision on Hwy. 61, a few miles south of Lake City, Minn., authorities said Sunday. Killed was Susan K. Drazkowski, of Fountain City, Wis., the patrol said. Hospitalized with noncritical ­injuries were two granddaughters: Taylor S. Jones, 11, and Savannah J. Jones, 8. The driver of the other vehicle, Takahiro Suzuki, was taken to a hospital in Rochester with serious injuries, the patrol said. Suzuki's age and city of residence were not...

  • Judge in Duluth rejects life term for 'sadistic' rapist who held victim for 3 days

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|May 18, 2015

    Authorities in Minnesota said that what habitual violent criminal Christopher M. Strong Sr. did to his girlfriend — holding her captive for three days last year while he beat and repeatedly raped her, then pushing her in front a moving car — was “one of the most brutal” sexual assault cases that prosecutors have ever brought before a federal court. It was time, they asserted, to acknowledge the “shocking reality” that the 36-year-old Strong is a “sadistic … rapist” who is “incapable of living a law-abiding life” and must b...

  • Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Oct 23, 2014

    A woman killed in her home over the weekend on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation west of Duluth has been identified, and her husband and a younger woman are in jail awaiting charges, authorities said Wednesday. Waubunoquay D. Randall, 31, was stabbed Sunday in Stoney Brook Township, according to the medical examiner’s office. Her 31-year-old husband, who lives in nearby Cloquet, was arrested Monday and remains jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder. Also jailed as a suspect in the killing is a 21-year-old woman from Stoney Brook Townshi...

  • Killing on Minn. reservation has man in jail

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Oct 22, 2014

    The killing of a 31-year-old woman in her Indian reservation home west of Duluth has landed a man in jail on suspicion of murder, and authorities reported finding a woman who they were seeking in connection with the case. The victim’s death occurred Sunday in Stoney Brook Township, on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. Her identity and a cause of death had not been released as of late Tuesday. A 31-year-old man from nearby Cloquet was arrested Monday and remains jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder. He has yet to be charged. After...

  • 17-year-old fatally stabbed in chest during fight in northern Minnesota

    Paul Walsh|Aug 26, 2014

    A fight in the early hours of July 4th on an Indian reservation road in northern Minnesota left a 17-year-old boy fatally stabbed in the chest and a man charged last week with murder. Trevor Lee Jones, 20, was charged in federal court in St. Paul in an information filed last week, a document that signals the defendant’s intention that he’ll admit to second-degree murder in the death of JeRick M. Neadeau on the Red Lake Reservation. According to the criminal complaint: Jones, Neadeau and others were “chilling” outside a home, when the...

  • Two men stabbed, one fatally, in north Minneapolis home

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Jul 14, 2014

    One of two men stabbed early Sunday in a north Minneapolis home is dead and the other hospitalized, authorities said. No arrests have been made. The bloodshed occurred shortly before 3 a.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Emerson Avenue N., police said. The surviving man was taken to North Memorial Medical Center with noncritical injuries, police added. The identities of the men have yet to be released. Officers were interviewing people at the scene in an effort to learn the circumstances leading up to the violence and who was responsible....

  • Twin Cities man, 2 others sentenced in double murder of Red Lake couple

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Sep 30, 2013

    A Twin Cities man and two others have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the New Year’s Day robbery and murder of a couple left to burn in their home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. David J. Martin, 46, of Columbia Heights, was sentenced Friday in federal court in St. Paul to 13 years and four months for robbery. Kevin J. Needham, 21, of Red Lake, was sentenced to 7 years and six months for robbery, and Terin R. Stately, 25, of Red Lake, was sentenced to three years and four months for aiding and abetting robbery. In June 21,...

  • Charge: Intoxicated driver hits motorcycle near Bemidji, killing passenger

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Aug 27, 2013

    A woman from Bemidji said she had at least 18 drinks the previous night, then got behind the wheel of her SUV the next morning and crossed the centerline of a northern Minnesota highway over the weekend, hitting a motorcycle coming the other way and killing its passenger, authorities said Monday. Victoria Whitefeather, 23, was charged in Hubbard County District Court with criminal vehicular homicide and drunken driving. Killed in the crash shortly after 9:50 a.m. Sunday on County Road 36 was Tracy Childs, 51, of Proctor, Minn., according to...

  • N. Minnesota woman charged with stabbing neighbor to death with kitchen knife

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Jul 16, 2013

    A 25-year-old northern Minnesota woman has been charged with fatally stabbing her 50-year-old neighbor with a large kitchen knife numerous times in his home. Alison A. Brown, charged in the death on July 4 of Byron J. Lussier on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, remains held in the Clearwater County jail and is scheduled to appear Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul. According to an FBI affidavit: Tribal police were called to Lussier’s home about 4:20 a.m. and found him on the floor and stabbed several times. He was taken to Red Lake...

  • Man admits drinking before running over girl on Minnesota's Red Lake Reservation

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|May 1, 2013

    A northern Minnesota man with a history of drinking and driving has admitted to being intoxicated when he ran over and killed a 17-year-old girl on the Red Lake Indian Reservation last summer. Gordon D. Johnson, 46, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Duluth to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kaishauna Sky Thunder of Redby, Minn., last Aug. 19 along Hwy. 1. In his plea agreement, Johnson admitted that about 3 a.m. he was intoxicated and driving his pickup truck recklessly when he hit Thunder as she walked along the...

  • 3 federal prisoners charged with attacking 2 officers at Sherburne County jail

    Paul Walsh, Star Tribune|Mar 7, 2013

    Three federal prisoners with violent histories have been charged with ambushing and assaulting two corrections officers at the Sherburne County jail. Indicted Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul were Ira L. Goodwin, Michael S. Luedtke and Edward M. Robinson on charges of conspiracy to assault federal law enforcement officers and assisting an assault of law enforcement officers during the Feb. 8 attack. Jesse P. Kipka was assaulted with a chair and hit on the head with his own pepper spray can, leaving him with a concussion, according to...

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