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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.


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


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


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.


Rice Lake man found dead

A Rice Lake man was found dead last Sunday by self-inflicted gun shot wound. At approximately 11:17 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, Barron County dispatch was notified of 62-year-old Craig "Marty" Allyn Larson found in his garage at his home on Douglas Street, Rice Lake.


Man on the lam prompts heightened security

A bench warrant was issued Wednesday for a Rice Lake man who is wanted for failing to appear in court and violating a domestic restraining order. Michael J. Balog, 37, allegedly made verbal threats against family members on the phone, which prompted two Rice Lake entities to take extra security prec


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.


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.


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 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.


Ashland earns victory over Rice Lake

The Ashland High School girls basketball team grabbed its fourth straight win on Tuesday, defeating Rice Lake 48-30 in a nonconference matchup at the Sundberg Gym. Ashland (7-6) started quickly and went into halftime leading 23-15. The Oredockers kept up the pace in the second half to pick up their


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.


Warrior boys win for first time in Big Rivers

Senior Peyton Buckley scored 23 points, and the Rice Lake Warriors shot 85% from the free-throw line to win their first Big Rivers Conference game of the season, downing Menomonie 61-50 in boys high school basketball Thursday night in Rice Lake.


'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.


Northwest Wisconsin man sentenced to life for sexually assaulting two children

Sawyer County (KBJR) – According to the Sawyer County Record Richard Humphrey, 63, was sentenced last week to 60 years in prison, plus 40 years supervised release. Investigators say the first assault happened in 2009.


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.


Authorities say Blaine man died when vehicle went through ice in Wisconsin

The sheriff's office in Polk County, Wisconsin has identified the person killed when their vehicle went through the ice in the narrows between Balsam Lake and East Balsam Thursday.


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.


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.


Prayers answered: Closs appears after 88 days

After three months the public can feel that hope and prayers have paid off. 13-year-old missing Barron girl, Jayme Closs has been reunited with her family. “Jayme is the hero in this case, there’s no question about it,” Barron County Chris Fitzgerald said. “She’s the one that helped us break the cas