Tom Olsen / Forum News Service
BARRON, Wis. - Seven months ago, the roughly 3,400 residents of Barron, Wis., awoke to shocking news. A local couple, James and Denise Closs, had been fatally shot inside their residence on the outskirts of town. Their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme, was missing. Authorities were tipped off by a mysterious 911 call placed from Denise’s phone in the middle of the night. But there was little evidence left at the scene to help investigators determine who had committed the heinous crimes, and why.
DULUTH — The man fatally shot by law enforcement officers in Hermantown on Saturday, April 4, had an extensive criminal record, with convictions including robbery, assault and multiple drug offenses. Timothy Russell Majchrzak also served a 70-month federal prison sentence for illegally possessing a semi-automatic rifle and three shotguns, according to records.
BARRON, Wis. — The Douglas County man who admitted to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs after killing her parents inside their Barron home last year is not cooperating with a presentence investigation. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, said last week that he will not participate in the preparation of the report, according to a letter filed Monday in Barron County Circuit Court.
DULUTH - Authorities say a Duluth man whose threats prompted a citywide lockdown on schools last week referred to a school shooter as “my hero,” compared his firearm capabilities to those of the man who killed 58 people in Las Vegas and described how he could barricade a movie theater and shoot people like “fish in a barrel.” The details were described in a criminal complaint charging 35-year-old Travis John Anthony Warner Busch with felony counts of making terroristic threats and possession of a machine gun conversion kit.
DULUTH -- A Duluth man was sentenced Friday, April 5, to more than 19 years in prison for his role in a vigilante-style attack on a man who was gagged with a padlock, beaten with nunchucks and left for dead in the woods last year. Wade Allen Sorensen, 39, received the 230-month sentence from 6th Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke. He is one of five defendants convicted in the case, which was fueled by a belief that the victim may have sexually assaulted a child — allegations that were never legally substantiated.
DULUTH -- A defendant accused of fatally shooting another man in downtown Duluth last year can stand trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled. Jamal Tyshawn Jackson, 26, of Duluth, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the Sept. 1 death of 31-year-old Scott Allen Pennington. Authorities allege Jackson shot Pennington as he stood amid a crowd on West First Street just before 1 a.m. on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
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.
BARRON, Wis. — The Douglas County man accused of holding 13-year-old Jayme Closs captive for nearly three months after killing her parents will return to court Wednesday, March 27. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Barron County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Under Wisconsin criminal procedure, a defendant is formally advised of the charges and asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest at the time of arraignment.
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.
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.