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Police invesigate gunshots

Cloquet police are investigating a gunshot sound reported by several people Wednesday night. According to a press release issued by the Cloquet Police Department, at about 9:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Cloquet Police were called to the 2300 block ...

Cloquet police are investigating a gunshot sound reported by several people Wednesday night.

According to a press release issued by the Cloquet Police Department, at about 9:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Cloquet Police were called to the 2300 block of Kelly Avenue in the City of Cloquet, where several residents reported hearing the sound of a gunshot.

On scene, police interviewed several people and learned of possible threats made to people at a residence in that area via text messaging. No one was injured during the incident and no suspects have been identified. Police are currently following up on information obtained through the investigation and the incident remains under investigation.

The Wednesday incident marks the second time in less than two months that police have been called to the same residence on Kelly Avenue.

In mid-October, police responded to an arson case reported at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, reporting that an arson fire had been set at the residence while the occupants were at home. When police arrived, the residents told officers that two individuals had been at the home and started the fire on the back porch area before running away on foot through a neighboring yard.

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One of the home's occupants was then able to put out the fire with the help of a garden hose before it spread any further. The residents at the home gave police a physical description of the perpetrators, and an arson investigator from the Cloquet Area Fire District was brought in to assist.

At that time, Cody Logan Fohrenkam, 20, of Cloquet was charged with first-degree arson, third-degree criminal damage to property and obstructing the legal process - Fohrenkam is still in custody and has a settlement hearing scheduled for Monday at Carlton County Sixth District Court.

Police arrested Fohrenkam after an occupant of the home identified him and police linked him to a suspicious car that had been seen in the area at the same time as the two potential suspects.

Though Fohrenkam continued to deny any involvement, another resident at his home confessed to officers that he had been with Fohrenkam at the time of the incident. He told police that Fohrenkam poured gasoline out of a lawnmower into another container and then lit the back porch of the home on fire. He said the two of them then fled, and along the way Fohrenkam broke the windshield of a vehicle by throwing a rock at it.

Cloquet Deputy Police Chief Terry Hill said police have no physical evidence of the shooting, but several witnesses heard the shots.

"It's very early in the investigation," he said.

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