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BRAINERD, Minn. — Valentine’s Day should bring a joyous celebration of love, family and friendship, St. Louis County prosecutor Jessica Fralich told a jury Friday, Dec. 28. But for the family of 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek, who was slain in his own residence on Feb. 14, 2017, that will never be the case again.
DULUTH — Ahead of her sentencing, a former Duluth teacher apologized for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old former student and sought leniency. Karla Jean Winterfeld, 34, pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Winterfeld’s sentencing was to occur Tuesday, Dec. 4, but was postponed to Dec. 18. In anticipation of the hearing, she submitted a letter of apology addressed “to the courts and Duluth community.”
VIRGINIA, Minn. — Authorities have released the identities of the officer and man involved in a fatal shooting Tuesday night, Oct. 27, in Virginia. The officer was identified as Nick Grivna, who has been with the Virginia Police Department for nearly five years. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified the dead man as J Scot Alan Widmark, 41, of Virginia. Widmark died of a gunshot wound.
DULUTH - A 20-year-old man has been found guilty of murder charges in connection with the February 2017 shooting death of University of Minnesota Duluth student. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger issued the written verdict against Noah Anthony Charles King late Monday, Nov. 19, after hearing testimony from more than 30 witnesses over the course of six days. Munger served as the fact-finder after King waived his right to a jury.
DULUTH — A man was being violently attacked when he produced a knife and began swinging it at his assailant, fatally wounding him Sunday night, Nov. 4, in Duluth, police said. Police Chief Mike Tusken said the man responsible for the stabbing was cooperative with officers and was not taken into custody, pending further investigation. He added that the man’s account was corroborated by other witness statements.
DULUTH — After nearly 21 months, the first trial in the February 2017 shooting death of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek is set to get underway Tuesday, Nov. 6. Noah Anthony Charles King, a 20-year-old alleged accomplice, will have his fate decided by a judge. He is one of five defendants charged in the case, with two guilty pleas already entered.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A new report alleges that a fired Itasca County sheriff’s deputy who is running to unseat his former boss misused a county-issued cellphone to download pornography and send sexually charged text messages. The six-page report, prepared by an independent investigator, states that a computer forensics firm recovered hundreds of explicit images, videos and messages on the phone that was used by former deputy Bryan Johnson.
DULUTH — A Grand Rapids man charged in a 2017 Hibbing homicide case "knowingly, willingly and voluntarily" provided a confession to law enforcement, a judge said. Judge Mark Starr on Friday denied a motion to suppress statements made by Benjamin David Lundquist in the investigation of the stabbing and beating death of 54-year-old Joel Dean Gangness.
DULUTH — Vying to fill one of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seats for the remaining two years of President Donald Trump's first term in office, both major party candidates said they aren't afraid to challenge the president on immigration. That comes as little surprise from Sen. Tina Smith, the Democrat appointed to the seat in January, who has joined a chorus of critics, particularly on the administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexican border.
DULUTH — A Duluth woman was arrested last week after her daughter unknowingly brought a bag of methamphetamine to school, according to court documents.