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  • Overdoses may be linked to tainted heroin in Duluth

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 Cloquet. Both were transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. As members of the Lake Superior Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force, Cloquet interim police chief Derek Randall said the CPD was notified of an alleged batch of heroin containing fentanyl that the task force believes is connected...

  • Police find, arrest suspect in double-homicide

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 a 27-year-old woman and her 18-month-old son dead. According to the press release : Since discovering the victims, law enforcement worked throughout the evening and today investigating the whereabouts of Thompson, gathering information and evidence related to the deaths. At 8:43 p.m., law... Full story

  • Man charged with murder of woman, toddler and unborn child

    Jana Peterson|Mar 6, 2020

    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, 33, faces two charges of second-degree murder with intent, not premeditated, and a third count of second-degree murder of an unborn child, not premeditated. The murders, announced Sunday morning by the Cloquet Police Department, rocked the communities of the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation and... Full story

  • Undercover investigation leads to huge fentanyl seizure

    Pine Knot News|Nov 22, 2019

    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 Duluth that the Carlton County Sheriff's Office assisted with. Both were booked into the St. Louis County Jail on probable cause drug charges. Raymond Valentino Bowser, 35, of Chicago, Illinois. Denzel Lavon Hale, 29, of Duluth. During one of three search warrants also executed in Duluth during last n... Full story

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

    Nov 15, 2019

    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 County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement were called to an address on Brevator Road at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday. Deputies and Fond du Lac police officers responded and found Couture, age 65, deceased at the scene, by a gunshot wound. Three other adults were present at the scene and all were...

  • Feds file charges in funeral shooting

    Jana Peterson|Nov 15, 2019

    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 Boswell, 28, of Hugo, Minnesota was accused of shooting and injuring another man in the back of the head at a funeral ceremony Oct. 18 in the Head Start gymnasium on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Boswell was charged with both first- and second-degree assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm as w...

  • COURT DISPOSITIONS

    Oct 18, 2019

    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 Police Department (FDL), Moose Lake Police Department (MLPD), Minnesota State Patrol (MSP). Defoe, Tony Joe, 33, Cloquet, 10/25/2017-Check Forgery-Felony. Disposition: 5/3/2019-Diversion, placed on unsupervised probation for 1 year. Hudson, Jesse John, 62, Barnum, 7/8/2019 Test Refusal-Gross M...

  • Another store broken into

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    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 Office deputies responded. Some product was taken, along with some cash in a donation jar at the front desk and Mahtowa Fire Department raffle ticket stubs and cash that people donated toward the raffle. It was the second burglary of a Carlton County hometown convenience store in less than a month, as a bur...

  • District Court report

    Pine Knot News staff|Jun 21, 2019

    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 Police Department (FDL), Moose Lake Police Department (MLPD), Minnesota State Patrol (MSP). Sloan, William Joshua, 40, Cloquet, violation of protective order, felony. Sentenced to St. Cloud for 24 months on May 17. CPD Richards, Trenton Alexander, 28, Mahtowa, first-degree possession of cocaine or m...