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Rebekka Stumme had just crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when her phone started ringing Monday.
BARRON, Wis. — A Douglas County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, entered the plea to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping in the Oct. 15 shooting deaths of James and Denise Closs and the nearly three-month abduction of their daughter. Prosecutors dismissed an additional count of armed burglary and agreed not to seek additional charges against Patterson for any crimes committed in Douglas County.
Steve Stracek said farewell to his coworkers in the training room of the Duluth Public Safety Building on a summer day in 2014. After spending 21 years working his way up the ranks of the Duluth Police Department, Stracek was excited to transition into his new role as Cloquet's police chief. Nearly five tumultuous years later, Stracek found himself back in the same room Thursday, surrounded by many of the same colleagues. This time, he was taking the oath as the newest officer on the Duluth force.
CARLTON — Zachary Campbell hasn’t been able to shave the beard that hides the scars left from a Jan. 29 attack at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program facility in Moose Lake. Putting a metal blade anywhere near his neck is simply too terrifying, Campbell said Friday. Even coming to the Carlton County Courthouse to share his story was almost too much.
A grand jury on Thursday indicted a Bayfield County man on a premeditated first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his uncle in rural Carlton County.
Two Carlton County women were arrested Friday in southwestern Minnesota while allegedly transporting 50 pounds of marijuana from Las Vegas to Duluth. Asia Ann Gobel, 18, of Moose Lake, and Tanisha Rae Martineau, 20, of Cloquet, were taken into custody after the drugs were discovered during the course of a routine traffic stop in Cottonwood County, authorities said. Court documents indicate that 25 pounds of raw marijuana was seized from the trunk of Gobel's vehicle, along with an additional 25 pounds of marijuana vape pen wax.
A Minnesota Sex Offender Program client admitted this week to attempting to kill a staff member at a secure treatment facility in Moose Lake last month. George Mack Jr., 42, pleaded guilty to felony counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder and fourth-degree assault at a hearing Monday in State District Court in Carlton.
BARRON, Wis. — The Douglas County man accused of killing a Barron couple and abducting their 13-year-old daughter for nearly three months waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, appeared briefly in Barron County Circuit Court. He is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary.
The Douglas County man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is set to appear in court Wednesday. The preliminary hearing for 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, of Gordon, is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Barron County Circuit Court. Patterson is accused of fatally shooting 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs inside their Barron home on Oct. 15. He allegedly kidnapped Jayme and held her captive inside his residence for 88 days before she managed to escape on Jan. 10.
A Minnesota Sex Offender Program client in Moose Lake allegedly slashed a counselor's throat with a razor blade in an incident described by state Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey as "one of the most serious attacks of this sort we've seen in the history of this program." George Mack Jr., 42, was charged Thursday with attempted premeditated first-degree murder and fourth-degree assault after authorities said he attacked two staff members at the state-operated treatment facility Tuesday.