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A North Shore restaurant will be remain temporarily closed following a Saturday fire.
An Iowa man has pleaded not guilty in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist on the North Shore last summer. Daniel Arlin Schutte, 56, is charged with careless driving and failure to yield in the August collision that killed 50-year-old Jennifer Ann White of Grand Forks, N.D. Authorities said Schutte illegally turned his pickup truck in front of White's motorcycle on State Highway 61 north of Two Harbors. Schutte reportedly told investigators that he did not see White as he was driving toward the sun and attempting to find his turn.
Soon after a federal agency pulled his commercial trucking license and a judge ordered him not to drive, John Ray Carpenter was back behind the wheel. The owner-operator of a Hibbing septic services company, Carpenter had a documented history of sleep apnea that resulted in at least six crashes in recent years and dozens of violations of federal regulations. But even after he blacked out at the wheel of his tanker in October 2015, crossing the centerline and killing an oncoming motorist, Carpenter disobeyed orders to stay off the road.
GRAND MARAIS — Marcus Lee Roberts was a hard-working father of five who cared deeply for his family and spent every spare dollar helping others, those closest to him told a judge Wednesday. Nearly two years after the 35-year-old Twin Cities native was fatally shot while working at a holiday party at a popular North Shore resort, his family was left with far more questions than answers.
GRAND MARAIS — A North Shore resort worker who admitted to fatally shooting another man outside a holiday party in December 2015 was sentenced Wednesday to 12½ years in prison. Kirk Lee Bigby, 63, received the sentence from 6th Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden after an emotional, nearly two-hour hearing in State District Court in Grand Marais.
About four years ago, Karl Tarnowski built a new house for his parents adjacent to his own home along Norton Road in upper Kenwood. His dad, Ron, is 82 years old and has early stage dementia. His mom, Mary, 78, suffers from right-side paralysis and has difficulty speaking. At the new home, Karl and his wife, Bev, could check in every morning, noon and night to visit his parents and tend to their medical needs.
A Finland man dropped his self-defense claim and pleaded guilty to a murder charge Friday in a fatal shooting outside a popular North Shore resort in 2015. Kirk Lee Bigby, 62, admitted to unintentional second-degree murder in the slaying of 35-year-old Marcus Lee Roberts during a holiday party at Bluefin Bay in Tofte. With the plea, he averts a two-week trial that had been set to begin June 5 in State District Court in Grand Marais.
The trial for a Hibbing truck driver accused of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed the Silver Bay mayor’s son has been postponed until October. John Ray Carpenter, 60, was set to stand trial next month in the 2015 death of Andrew Johnson, who was killed when his pickup truck was struck head-on by Carpenter’s septic tanker in October 2015.
A Finland man faces five charges after allegedly confronting a neighbor with two firearms, discharging several rounds in the process, and subsequently threatening to shoot law enforcement officers during a 13-hour manhunt on Sunday.
A Nashwauk man allegedly had THC in his system and was in possession of marijuana when he caused a wrong-way, head-on collision that injured a woman along Minnesota Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors last spring. Shawn Patrick Bennett-Casanova, 31, is charged with criminal vehicular operation in the March 2016 crash that left an 18-year-old Silver Bay woman hospitalized.