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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.
BARRON, Wis. — Authorities believe a 21-year-old Gordon man “targeted” 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents in her presence, abducting her and keeping her captive for nearly three months. Law enforcement officials announced Friday that Jake Thomas Patterson was being held as a suspect in the Oct. 15 shooting deaths of Denise and James Closs and the kidnapping of Jayme. She was located safely Thursday after fleeing from the remote Gordon home where she was being held.
Three area attorneys are finalists for a seat on the Carlton County bench. Kevin Cornwell, Terri Port Wright and Rebekka Stumme earned recommendations from the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. The 6th Judicial District seat is open due to the pending retirement of Duluth Judge Mark Munger. He will be replaced at the St. Louis County Courthouse by Judge Leslie Beiers, who will transfer from Carlton County. Munger's retirement date isn't until Jan. 11, so the appointment of his successor will lie with Gov.-elect Tim Walz, who takes office Jan. 7.