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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.
p>Pedro Aranda, 42, is back in his home country after being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents recently, Erika Aranda told the Duluth News Tribune. She said he has been in contact with his children in Cloquet and is doing well. "He got sent back right away," she said. "Thankfully, he didn't have to sit in jail or anything. It's part of a process, so the sooner the better."
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on Thursday joined a growing list of governmental bodies suing opioid distributors in response to a nationwide surge in addiction and overdose deaths. The 47-page complaint, filed in State District Court in Carlton County, alleges that eight distributors engaged in an ongoing civil conspiracy to cause addiction for profit "in reckless disregard of the consequences to Native American people."
A former prosecutor and nonprofit organizer with a familiar last name has entered the race for Carlton County attorney. Lauri Ketola on Monday filed for the nonpartisan office, mounting a challenge to incumbent Thom Pertler. She worked as an assistant county attorney in the 1990s, and will now seek to lead the office.
A monthslong investigation of illegal drug sales in and around Cloquet has resulted in charges against at least 15 people in Carlton and St. Louis counties, authorities announced Tuesday. The Cloquet Police Department in February launched what it has dubbed "Operation Spring Cleaning" — an effort to round up major local distributors of controlled substances, particularly methamphetamine.
CARLTON — A Bayfield man was charged Tuesday with murder and assault, even as authorities said it remained unclear why he allegedly opened fire on his uncle and cousin late Friday in rural Carlton County. James Francis Montano, 32, was arraigned in State District Court on charges of intentional second-degree murder, attempted premeditated first-degree murder and second-degree assault in the incident that killed 57-year-old Andrew James Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.