Tom Olsen / Forum News Service
BARRON, Wis. — The Douglas County man who admitted to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wis., was sentenced to consecutive life terms, plus 25 years Friday, May 24, in Barron County Circuit Court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BARRON, Wis. - A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing since October has been found alive in rural Douglas County on Thursday, authorities said. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Jayme Closs was found in the town of Gordon at 4:43 p.m. and a suspect was taken into custody there just minutes later, at 4:54.