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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.
DULUTH — One defendant has admitted guilt while two others have been indicted on enhanced charges in the slaying of an Aurora man whose body was found along the Mesabi Trail in January. Anthony Emerson Howson, 20, pleaded guilty Friday, Feb. 22, to a felony count of aiding and abetting intentional second-degree murder in the shooting death of 33-year-old Joshua Robert Lavalley. Howson is expected to face a guideline sentence of 25 ½ years in prison for his role in the crime. His co-defendants, on the other hand, could remain imprisoned for life.
CARLTON, Minn. — 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, Feb. 25, in State District Court in Carlton.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — Christina Marie Woods was a devoted mother of four kids ranging in age from 3 to 13, family members said. The 28-year-old Indiana woman loved bonding with her children over crafts and dancing. She could recite the lines and lyrics from all of their favorite Disney movies. When Woods met her end at the hands of an abusive boyfriend last summer near Cook, she and her kids were “cheated out of their future together,” said her mother, Mary Robinson.
DULUTH - A judge has increased the damages to be received by former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller in her discrimination suit against the school. U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz on Wednesday, Feb. 13, awarded Miller $461,278 in front pay and future benefits, while denying her motion to be reinstated to her former position. A federal jury last spring awarded Miller $3.74 million in past lost wages and benefits and past emotional distress, but the remaining damages could only be determined by the judge.
HILL CITY, Minn. - One man was injured when he was shot by Itasca County sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic assault call Sunday, authorities said. The incident was reported at 5:26 p.m. at a residence on Walker Road, near Hill City, the Itasca County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. "Deputies attempted to make contact," a news release stated. "At one point the subject fired his weapon. Deputies also fired their weapons." The man, whose identity has yet to be released, is continuing to receive treatment at Essentia Health-St.
DULUTH — The Diocese of Duluth entered into an agreement this week that would end years of litigation over insurance coverage and provide more than $30 million to victims of child sexual abuse. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company agreed to pay $6.5 million under a settlement agreement filed this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. It is the fifth and final insurer to settle with the diocese, which filed suit in 2016 to force coverage of claims in its ongoing bankruptcy.
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 Feb. 6 in Barron County Circuit Court. He is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary.