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Fight allegedly led to death, charges

A Cloquet man faces manslaughter charges following a fight in his apartment. Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 58, was charged with first-degree manslaughter Thursday in Sixth District Carlton County Court for...

 

Thompson denied change of venue; charges upheld

A district judge on Monday denied a change of venue and dismissal of counts against a Cloquet man accused in the murder of a pregnant woman and her child. Sheldon James Thompson, who is accused of killing Jackie Defoe, her unborn child and her...

 

Man faces manslaughter charges in Cloquet

A Cloquet man faces manslaughter charges following a fight in his apartment. Joel Ammesmaki, 58, was charged with first-degree manslaughter Thursday in Sixth District Carlton County Court, “causing... Full story

 

Sex assault case results in 23-year sentence

A 38-year-old Cromwell man was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison Monday for engaging in oral sex with a 7-year-old girl. Francis Lenard Marsh was convicted of three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, including penetrative...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    June 11, 2021

Dismissal, venue change requested in murder case

The attorney for a Cloquet man facing both first- and second-degree murder charges will be asking the court to both dismiss the case and change the venue. In an online hearing held Wednesday, June 9, defense attorney Steve Bergeson, assistant state...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 21, 2021

Funeral shooter sentenced to 9 years

A man who shot his sister's boyfriend at a funeral on the Fond du Lac reservation in 2019 was sentenced to 110 months in prison Monday. Shelby Gene Boswell, 29, was convicted in federal court with...

 

Police respond to several shots fired Monday

Shortly after midnight early Monday morning, May 17, Cloquet Police Department officers responded to 227 Scotty Drive in Cloquet for a report of several shots fired at the residence. Officers...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 16, 2021

Cloquet officer faces discipline for DWI

A Cloquet police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while impaired last summer is now facing discipline from the police department. Officer Andrew Michael Murray is being suspended without pay for...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    January 22, 2021

Barnum coach faces sex crime charges

The Barnum girls basketball coach was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 19, for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his players. Andrew John Palmer, 33, of Moose Lake was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Carlton County... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    October 23, 2020

Officer makes first appearance on DWI charges

A Cloquet police officer made his first virtual court appearance Oct. 15 after being arrested for driving while impaired in August. The next court action will take place Nov. 5. Andrew Michael Murray, 34, allegedly crashed his car near 223 Gillespie...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

History of violent assaults is 'alarming'

When she was murdered, Jackie DeFoe joined a long list of Native American women who have been victims of violence. A 2016 National Institute of Justice report revealed that four in five American India... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

Man charged in deaths of his pregnant girlfriend and her son

A Cloquet man was charged with killing his girlfriend, Jackie DeFoe, her 20-month-old son, Kevin, and her unborn child in Sixth District Carlton County Court on Tuesday, March 10. Sheldon James...

 

Overdoses may be linked to tainted heroin in Duluth

Two drug overdoses — one in Cloquet and one in Carlton — on Monday, March 2, may be linked to a spate of seven overdoses in Duluth. The patients in the two Carlton County cases were a 20-year-old man from Superior and a 53-year-old woman from Clo...

 

Police find, arrest suspect in double-homicide

The Cloquet Police Department announced that after an extensive search and investigation, authorities have located and arrested Sheldon James Thompson in connection with the double-homicide that left... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    March 6, 2020

Man charged with murder of woman, toddler and unborn child

A Cloquet man was charged in Sixth District Carlton County Court this morning with murdering his girlfriend, Jackie DeFoe, her 20-month-old son, Kevin, and her unborn child. Sheldon James Thompson,... Full story

 

Undercover investigation leads to huge fentanyl seizure

ST. PAUL — Felony drug charges are expected in the coming days for two men following their arrests last night during a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) narcotics investigation. BCA agents arrested the men during an undercover operation in... Full story

 

One man dead, one in custody, after shooting in rural Cloquet

Cloquet and Fond du Lac resident James Arthur Couture died after being shot early Saturday morning in what appeared to be a shooting by an acquaintance. According to a press release by the St. Louis...

 

Feds file charges in funeral shooting

The Carlton County Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the man at the center of a shooting at a funeral last month is being charged in federal court, rather than state court. Shelby Gene...

 

COURT DISPOSITIONS

Following are recent felony and gross misdemeanor court cases resolved in Carlton County Sixth District Court. Arresting agencies are abbreviated as follows: Cloquet Police Department (CPD), Carlton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Fond du Lac...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    June 28, 2019

Another store broken into

On Thursday, June 20 at approximately 5:45 a.m., the clerk at TJ’s Country Corner store in downtown Mahtowa arrived at work to discover that the building had been burglarized sometime since closing the night before. Carlton County Sheriff’s...

 

District Court report

Following are recent felony and gross misdemeanor court cases resolved in Carlton County Sixth District Court. Arresting agencies are abbreviated as follows: Cloquet Police Department (CPD), Carlton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Fond du Lac...

 

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