MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Northern Minnesota hunting guide faces poaching charges
BAUDETTE, Minn. - A northern Minnesota hunting guide faces dozens of criminal charges in connection with the poaching of numerous bear and deer.
After finding an active bear bait station this fall, a state conservation officer began investigating 32-year-old Keith Slick of Baudette and the suspect made a number of conflicting statements. A search of Slick's home led to numerous bear capes and skulls, as well as deer antler sets. A check of DNR records indicated that Slick had not registered an adult male deer or bear in the past 10 years. A cell phone seized during the investigation contained pictures of Slick with a dead bear and text messages saying he had shot seven bears in his life. If convicted, Slick faces $4,500 in fines and could lose his hunting privileges for three years. He's scheduled to appear in court next month.
It may take a couple months to determine why two skydiving planes collided in mid-air Saturday night over Superior. The FAA's Tony Molinaro says investigators will sift through and review all aspects of both damaged planes, including each of their maintenance records. They'll also talk with both of the pilots and all of the skydivers who were on-board at the time. No one was seriously hurt when the Cessna C-185 and C-182 collided at 12,000 feet. Molinaro notes they're also investigating other hard landings and crashes across the Great Lakes states. That includes the fatal plane crash last Friday in southeastern Minnesota, which claimed the lives of three Michigan men.
A 25-year-old woman from Esko has pleaded *not* guilty to charges stemming from a fatal car crash in Carlton County in June. Megan Dickenson is charged with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in the crash that killed 34-year-old Kari Luoma of Cloquet. Luoma's husband was also seriously injured in the Thomson Township crash. Authorities say Dickenson did not stop at an intersection and broadsided the car Luoma and her husband were in. According to the criminal complaint, officers detected the odor of alcohol and noted that Dickenson's eyes were bloodshot and watery. Dickenson is due back in court next month.
A former Duluth Salvation Army youth basketball coach has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars for sexually assaulting two young girls on the team in the summer of 2012. The final six years of 37-year-old Wendell Greene's sentence is set to be served as supervised released. In a separate case, Greene has been charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl during the summer of 2010. That case is expected to be tried later this year.
The attorney for a Fergus Falls murder suspect has asked for more time to review the case before entering a plea. Michael Burris Jr. is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his cousin, Scott Burris. Michael Burris' newly-appointed public defender asked for additional time to review the large amount of material, which includes nine pages of witnesses. The defendant and his father, Michael Burris Sr. were arrested in August in Arizona. The victim's body was found near Orwell Dam several weeks after he disappeared in May of 2012. Investigators say the case centered on money and drugs. Burris Sr. is expected to be returned to Minnesota this week.