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In fact, when he retired after 33 years in law enforcement, Twomey acknowledged that he entered the profession on a lark and never envisioned spending his career as a cop. But he proved to be a popular figure, earning the overwhelming approval of Carlton County voters in four consecutive elections and serving as chief law enforcement officer from 1972 to 1990.
Authorities said he admitted to exposing himself to one of the women and chasing another on foot.
Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek was exonerated of all allegations and reinstated — but also agreed to retire from the city's police department — under the terms of a "separation and release agreement" reached early Wednesday after a marathon meeting. The seven-member Cloquet City Council unanimously found that a complaint brought against Stracek in March was "unfounded." Under the agreement, Stracek was immediately reinstated to his post but agreed to retire effective Thursday.
A Carlton County man allegedly carved the word “snitch” into a 17-year-old hostage’s chest and circulated a Snapchat photo of the victim tied to a chair with a bag over his head. Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, was charged Thursday with seven felonies in the alleged kidnapping and assault Monday at his home in Silver Brook Township, near Wrenshall. The teen, who is from Duluth but was not identified by authorities, also suffered serious head injuries and burns to his neck, according to a criminal complaint.
In a one-page order issued Wednesday, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said the high court would not accept the Carlton County Attorney's Office petition for further review in the case of Robert Todd Ferguson. The Minnesota Court of Appeals in February reversed Ferguson's 2015 conviction on a third-degree murder charge, ruling that the case was largely built on testimony of an accomplice and lacked corroborating evidence.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a Cloquet man's murder conviction for allegedly providing a fatal dose of a prescription painkiller to his daughter's friend on Monday. Robert Todd Ferguson, 53, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in December 2015 after a Carlton County jury concluded that he was responsible for the death of 25-year-old Paul Duane Mrosla. Mrosla died from an overdose of the potent Schedule II drug on Jan. 15, 2014. He was a friend of the defendant's daughter, Charity Ferguson.
An investigation was launched in March when a fellow officer reported that he found a false application filled out by the defendant at police headquarters. The application listed only herself and three children as residents at her Cloquet home.
CARLTON — There was never a doubt that Paul Duane Mrosla's death was caused by ingesting a prescription Fentanyl patch. Likewise, no one was disputing that Mrosla obtained the drug from the Cloquet home of Robert Todd Ferguson in January 2014. At issue in a Carlton County courtroom this month was exactly who -- father or daughter -- gave the fatal dose of the potent painkiller to the 25-year-old Carlton man. After hearing more than a week of testimony, a jury said Wednesday night that Ferguson was responsible for Mrosla's d
A Ramsey County sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting his canine partner at a training event in Carlton County was met with a cold reception at his first court appearance last Thursday, Aug. 13. Brett Arthur Berry, 48, was arraigned in a crowded courtroom on two misdemeanor charges related to the June 15 incident at Black Bear Casino Resort, in which he allegedly grabbed the dog, Boone, by the collar, threw him to the ground and repeatedly struck him.
The exact amount of money that Joanne Wappes stole from Carlton County over the course of nearly three decades will never be known. County officials and prosecutors say they believe the former transfer station clerk's heist was in the seven-figure range. Wappes herself believes it to be closer to $80,000, an attorney said Friday. What a jury would have determined is uncertain. In any event, a $1 million check soon will be written to Carlton County.