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Prosecutor says hit-and-run death may have been intentional

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CLOQUET — A former Duluth man was charged Friday in the Wednesday hit-and-run death of an Interstate 35 rest area janitor, and the prosecutor says there are indications it may have been intentional.

Gregory Allen Scherber, 55, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, both felonies, in Sixth District Court. More serious charges could follow based on witness statements that Scherber appeared to run over Greg “Blackie” Blackburn on purpose, Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler said.

Pertler said he is still waiting to see all of the witness statements, reconstruction of the accident scene at the rest stop near Mahtowa and photos and analysis from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension of Scherber’s blood taken after he was apprehended. The arrest came after a 25-mile police chase that ended with him and his truck in a Hermantown ditch.

The criminal complaint puts Scherber at a Duluth address, but he said in court that he now lives in Minneapolis.

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