Updated: 02/24/2014 3:47 PM
Created: 02/24/2014 3:44 PM WDIO.com
A former Hermantown school board member has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing $5,000 cash and $16,500 worth of diamonds.
Police say an investigation into 42-year-old Stephanie Hamell began in December after a victim reported that they had asked Hamell to hold onto her belongings in a safe.
When the victim later tried to reclaim the belongings, Hamell told her the safe was locked and needed to be sent to a safe company to open.
According to police, Hamell told the victim that the cash in the safe did not return from the company, but the jewelry did.
The victim reported having her rings inspected by a jeweler who told her that the diamonds had been replaced by crystal.
Authorities say Hamell confessed to detectives that she did not send the safe away, and stole the cash and diamonds.
Hamell was charged on February 14th with one count of felony theft.
She will appear in court again March 11th.
Hermantown Superintendent Brad Johnson says that Hamell tendered her resignation, effective immediately, on February 8th.
St. Louis County Cabin Fire Kills Dog
A dog was killed when a cabin in northern St. Louis County caught fire Thursday evening. The fire started in a bedroom area and is not considered suspicious.
Scannell Case in Jury's Hands, No Verdict Thursday
The case against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is now in the hands of a jury after closing arguments took place Thursday afternoon. The jury began deliberations at just after 5 p.m. and they adjourned for the night just after 8 p.m.
Dept. of Health Warns of E. Coli Levels at Lake Superior Beaches
With warmer temperatures, more people are hitting the water. Swimmers may still be wary of the cool water of Lake Superior, but there's something else swimmers should be aware of and you can't see it - it's E. coli.
Tree Removal for Two-mile Reconstruction of Duluth's 4th Street Draws Ire
The future of Duluth's 4th Street was a heated topic Thursday night, as St. Louis County engineers discussed tree removal plans.
Wisconsin's 74th Assembly Seat Debate Hits on Mining Issues
Mining was a hot issue during the debate for Wisconsin's 74th Assembly seat Wednesday night. Two democrats are vying for Rep. Janet Bewley's open seat.