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BARRON, Wis. — Two months later, the "Welcome home, Jayme" signs still adorn businesses and government buildings in this close-knit community of 3,400. It's a striking indication of the city's ongoing support and concern for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who fled her captor in January, nearly three months after she was abducted and her parents were killed inside their Barron home. But now, it's OK to begin moving on, famed kidnapping survivor-turned-activist Elizabeth Smart told a large crowd Friday night.
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.
A 57-year-old Superior man faces nine felony charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on Facebook. Authorities said Robert Louis Carlson spent a month planning the encounter, sending the girl numerous sexually explicit messages and photographs before arranging to meet up with her in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood on Tuesday. A criminal complaint indicates police were alerted to the messages at some point and took Carlson into custody when he arrived for the meeting. It was not disclosed how or when investigators first learned of their communications.
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.
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.
LeeAnn Taylor's due date wasn't until Jan. 7, but proud papa Victor Ortega was predicting a New Year's baby as far back as June.
Originally anticipated to burn for days, the defunct Globe Elevators site was cleared by firefighters by 9 a.m. Tuesday. “I think because it had been deconstructed to the stage it was at, it actually went down a little more quickly than we anticipated,” Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger told the News Tribune.
The Superior Police Department on Wednesday released body camera videos showing the lead-up to the shooting of a suspect in October. The clips show the minutes before three officers shot 19-year-old Joshua Michael Farmer, who was suspected of stealing an alcoholic beverage from a Belknap Street business. The clips cut off immediately before the officers opened fire; the complete videos and full investigative file have yet to be released.
Three Superior police officers were legally cleared while the man they shot and injured was charged with five crimes. Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright said Tuesday that officers were justified in using deadly force against 19-year-old Joshua Michael Farmer after he threatened to kill them, ignored their commands and produced a wrench that he claimed was a gun on Oct. 5 in the city’s Central Park neighborhood.