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 By Pine Knot News    News    May 24, 2024 

Moose Lake man guilty of sexual assault

A 32-year-old Moose Lake man is in Carlton County Jail awaiting sentencing following a guilty plea in March to felony criminal sexual conduct. The charge is related to a 2023 incident involving a vulnerable 15-year-old girl. Justin Eugene Arbuckle... Full story


Carlton County court dispositions

Court dispositions are public records submitted by the Sixth District Court in Carlton County. The Pine Knot News lists felony and gross misdemeanor convictions. OCT. 17, 2023 Anderson, Victoria Bernice, 32, Foxboro, Wisconsin, felony assault fourth...


Charges dismissed against Barnum man

Last week, the Carlton County’s office dismissed two first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges previously filed against Chad Arnold Connor. The reason listed was “prosecutorial discretion.” When contacted, Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketol... Full story


Man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A 76-year-old Cloquet man could be facing more than 11 years in prison for possession of child pornography and use of a minor in pornographic work. On April 24, Edward Christian entered a plea to seven counts of possession of pornographic work;... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 28, 2022

1,200 doses of fentanyl discovered

A call from a concerned citizen last month led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Cloquet man, after police officers allegedly found more than 1,200 fentanyl pills in the BMW car he was driving. James Daniel Randa was charged with aggravated... Full story


Juvenile confesses to Pinehurst shooting

A 16-year-old Superior boy pleaded guilty Tuesday, Oct. 25, to second-degree felony assault, after firing shots at a carful of people during a July incident in Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. Appearing before Judge Amy Lukasavitz in District Court in...


Homicide case is delayed

An omnibus hearing for homicide suspect Raymond Arthur Julian was delayed until December on Tuesday, because there are a number of “computer-type devices” still out for analysis with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. “Given the numbe...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 3, 2022

'Unconscious' sexual assault case resumes

Hearings in a 2020 case of a Sawyer man accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman who was a guest at his home have resumed, after first being delayed because of Covid-19 concerns and then because the suspect failed to appear in court. Jamin...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 3, 2022

Charges filed for child assault

A Cloquet man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl approximately five years ago. Kim James Connors Jr., aka KC, age 30, is facing one charge of first degree criminal sexual conduct-penetration or contact with a person...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 20, 2022

Murder trial to start after jury is set

Jury selection started Monday, May 16, in the long-awaited homicide trial of 35-year-old Sheldon Thompson, with the trial expected to last into early June. Thompson is accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Jackie Defoe, her unborn child, and he...


Husband held in woman's death

A Kettle River woman was allegedly shot and killed by her husband Friday, Dec. 10. Raymond Arthur Julian, 65, allegedly told police he killed his wife, Tracy Ellen Julian, 62, when they came to his...


Mother avoids jail after DUI

An Onamia woman who crashed into a tree in Cloquet last year in an accident that killed her 3-year-old son was sentenced in Sixth District Carlton County Court Monday, but won’t serve any time in prison. Misty Louise Mattinas, 27, pleaded guilty i...


Trial date set in Thompson murder case

Sixth District Court judge Jill Eichenwald set a trial date of May 16 during a settlement conference Wednesday for a Cloquet man accused in the murder of a pregnant woman and her child. Sheldon James...


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 t... 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...


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