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Tom Olsen

Tom Olsen covers crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact him at 218-723-5333 or

With the case involving complicated and novel DNA issues, it may take a jury up to four weeks to hear the case of Michael Carbo in the rape and beating death of Nancy Daugherty.
Jesse Powell was booked into the Itasca County Jail on Tuesday night, a day after missing his scheduled arraignment.
As family members honored victim Jeryel McBeth, his killer declined to address the court before receiving the automatic sentence for premeditated murder.
The crime spree that has already resulted in 26 charges in Minnesota and Wisconsin state courts now has Cody Walker-Nelson facing significant federal prison time.
Then 24, the suspect allegedly pushed the boy into some bushes and forced him to participate in a sexual act while claiming he had a knife.
While Little Fawn Fohrenkam received a probationary term, a significant decision looms in the case of son Joseph Fohrenkam.
Joanna Warmington had been proceeding in state court on claims of sex discrimination, reprisal and creation of a hostile work environment in the University of Minnesota Duluth's academic department.
The 33-year-old reportedly said she began embezzling the money out of desperation to pay for medical bills, but a prosecutor pointed to a lavish lifestyle funded by the scheme.
While some functions will still need to be performed in person, the state agency has relaxed its policy that required all employees to report to offices full time amid the ongoing pandemic.
"It is the most flagrant flaunting of vice publicly before the people that I have ever seen."