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Case against Jayme's suspected kidnapper complicated despite 'I did it'

Jake Patterson's admission to police that he killed James and Denise Closs and kidnapped their 13-year-old daughter Jayme sets up an interesting legal case. Twin Cities defense attorneys and a former prosecutor said even with a confession it's not an open-and-shut case.


The old Chetek Cafe building to be demolished

The former Chetek Cafe building at the corner of Stout and Second streets will be torn down the week of Monday, Jan. 21, according to the city of Chetek, which owns the building.


Sheriff: 1 Dead After SUV Breaks Through Ice On Wisconsin Lake

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say one person has died after an SUV broke through the ice on a western Wisconsin lake. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says authorities received a 911 call shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday about a vehicle that had gone through the ice on Balsam Lake, abou


On day Jayme Closs escaped, suspect sought job — with inaccurate resume

BARRON, Wis. — The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an “honest guy” even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.


Property dispute leads to drug bust in rural Chetek

One man from Florida was cited for possession and more than 2 ounces of marijuana were found after Barron County sheriff’s deputies conducted a search warrant at a residence northeast of Chetek on Monday, Jan. 14, around 3:10 p.m.


Chetek man awaits sentencing on theft by contractor charge

A man from Chetek is in the Barron County Jail awaiting sentencing after a 12-member jury found him guilty of felony “theft by a contractor” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Barron County Circuit Court.


Jayme Closs' Relative Was 'Not Prepared' for Horrifying Details of Murders: 'New Level of Terror'

For several months, Jodie Arnold wondered what exactly happened the night her sweet, fun cousin Denise Closs died. She knew she had been fatally shot, but she knew few details, and her imagination filled in the horrifying blanks.


Chetek firefighters’ 25th annual ice fishing tourney is Saturday

The first ice fishing contest on the Chetek Chain this winter kicks off with the Chetek Fire Department’s 25th annual Chetek Firefighters’ Adult and Kids Ice Fishing Tournament on the Chetek Chain of Lakes on Saturday, Jan. 19. Once again, the contest is open to all lakes on the Chetek Chain and wil


‘You gotta help me, you gotta help me': The emotional 911 call after Jayme Closs was found

Before the world learned that Jayme Closs had been found on Jan. 10, the missing Barron County girl found herself sitting, improbably, in the living room of a northern Wisconsin couple petting their dog and wrapped in a blanket.


Support two local organizations, sign up for Jump for a Cause event

Local residents and visitors to the Chetek area are encouraged to participate in the ninth annual Red’s Jump for a Cause, which is scheduled to take place Saturday, Jan. 26. The event will again be held on Lake Chetek’s south shore in front of Red’s Eating & Drinking Establishment.


Two Wisconsin women injured in snowmobile crash

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - On Friday, Marquette County Sheriffs were dispatched to a single snowmobile accident in Negaunee Township. The crash happened on Trail 14 approximately 5 miles east of County Rd. 510.


Alcohol producers, including Rice Lake brewery, face delay due to government shutdown

Wisconsin alcohol producers say the federal government shutdown is impacting their businesses. Breweries, distilleries and wineries are required to have a permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). It’s one of the agencies that is not operating under the partial shutdown, so any


Criminal case against Jake Patterson not a simple one even though he said 'I did it'

Jake Patterson's admission to police that he killed James and Denise Closs and kidnapped their 13-year-old daughter Jayme sets up an interesting legal case. Twin Cities defense attorneys and a former prosecutor said even with a confession it's not an open-and-shut case.


Blaine man dies as vehicle goes through ice on Balsam Lake in Wisconsin

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as David Maki, 63, of Blaine, Minnesota. A man died when the vehicle he was driving went through the ice on Balsam Lake in western Wisconsin on Thursday.


Barron School District discusses Jayme Closs homecoming

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Exactly one week since Jayme Closs found her way home the Barron School District is providing insight into how it’s preparing for her potential return to the classroom.


'You can't blame the parents': Jayme Closs' grandfather appreciates kidnapper's father sympathy

"Missing" fliers had made the face of 13-year-old Jayme Closs ubiquitous since the teen went missing October 15, a presumed kidnap victim abducted in the moments after her parents' shotgun murders in their home outside of Barron.


1-17 Prep Basketball Roundup: Bloomer girls improve to 10-0 in Heart O'North with win over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser

BLOOMER — The Bloomer girls basketball team improved to 10-0 in Heart O'North Conference play by defeating Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 48-20 on Thursday evening. Vanessa Jenneman scored 10 points to lead the Bloomer scoring. Samantha Buchholtz added nine and Chloee Swartz and Sierra Raine each had five.


FBI Identifies Wisconsin Man In White Lake Officer-Involved Shooting

The FBI has identified a Wisconsin man killed during an officer involved shooting along Interstate 90 in South Dakota. Authorities said Nathan Thoe, 34, from Hortonville, Wisc. was the subject of an ongoing federal investigation. He was known to be in and around the Pierre area for the past several


Defense: Patterson's motives will become clear as Closs case moves ahead

BARRON, Wis. — Defense attorneys for a man accused of kidnapping a Wisconsin teen and fatally shooting her parents say his motivations will become clear as the case progresses.


Hope prevails for Jayme Closs

At the press conference announcing the return of Jayme Closs and capture of her suspected abductor, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald held out a photo of the man suspected of killing two parents, imprisoning their 13-year-old daughter, and striking fear and sorrow in the community for 88 days.