Crime

DOC Offers Look Inside Moose Lake Correctional Facility

More than 1,000 offenders are housed in the state prison

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – The Minnesota State Correctional Facility in Moose Lake opened its doors, giving a look inside the walls of the medium-security prison. More than a thousand offenders– the majority of whom are convicted for sex offenses– are housed in the Moose Lake Correctional Facility. We were given a rare tour through the building to see first-hand what…

Northern Lights School Vandalized with Graphic Content

Police discover graffiti.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Police are investigating after vandals spray painted graphic graffiti on the property of Northern Lights Elementary School. The vandalism on the building and the sidewalk includes the N-word, and Satanic and Sexual images. The crime happened Friday, no arrests have been made. Police are looking over surveillance video. Damage is estimated at $500. The principal at Northern…

Police: Woman Killed 3 Daughters, Self With Hunting Rifle

Moore Spent 10 Days in a Psychiatric Hospital in September

SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities say a Michigan woman fatally shot her three young daughters in a wooded area with a bolt-action hunting rifle before driving home with their bodies and shooting herself. Kent County sheriff’s Sgt. Joel Roon identified them Wednesday as 28-year-old Aubrianne Moore, 8-year-old Kyrie Rodery, 6-year-old Cassidy Rodery and 2-year-old Alaina Rau. The bodies were found…

Prosecutor: Man With Explosives was Planning Campus Attack

Campbell Searched Internet for Instructions on Making Explosives

MADISON, Wis. – A prosecutor alleges that a man whose Madison apartment was found to contain homemade explosives appeared to be planning an attack on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Brian Campbell pleaded no contest in January to second-degree reckless endangerment and possession of improvised explosives. Police seized what appeared to be bomb-making materials…

BCA Releases Names of Three Dead in Northern Minnesota

The Suspect was Found Dead in the Vehicle

UPDATE: Authorities have identified two officers involved in a northern Minnesota incident in which three people died of gunshots. The Department of Public Safety says Hubbard County Deputy Seth Kuhn fired his gun during the incident in Nevis, and Deputy Erick Rypkema was struck by a bullet fired by 34-year-old Bryce Bellomo. Authorities say Bellomo killed himself in the Thursday…

Officer Injured, Three Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting

We Will Continue to Update This Story

NEVIS, Minn. – A Hubbard County Sheriff’s Deputy is injured and three people are dead following an officer involved shooting that happened in Hubbard-Cass County late Thursday night. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, in a release Friday, said a 911 caller reported a shooting at a residence in the City of Nevis about 8 p.m. Thursday. Deputies responded and pursued…

Minneapolis man Accused of Killing Neighbor, Adult Daughter

The Suspected Weapon was Found in Trash bag

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minneapolis man is charged with fatally shooting his neighbor and her adult daughter following an argument last weekend. Forty-six-year-old Richie Vessel faces two counts of second-degree murder with intent in the deaths of Eileen Mark and Jennifer Angerhofer. A criminal complaint says a witness told police he heard loud music, an argument and then the gunshots…

Duluth Police Investigate Double Stabbing

DULUTH, Minn. – Two adult males were hospitalized Tuesday night after a stabbing at the Tri Towers apartments on the 200 block of 2nd Avenue East, according to Duluth police. The call for help came in around 8:45 p.m. One man was stabbed in the hand. The other man was stabbed in the arm.  Their injuries were considered non-life threatening,…

Barnes man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Ashland Homicide

Holton was Found Stabbed in his Home in February 2018

ASHLAND, Wis. – A Barnes, WI man found guilty of first degree reckless homicide has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. 43-year-old Matthew Phillips was convicted Friday in Ashland County Circuit Court in connection with the February death of 52-year-old Marcus Holton of Ashland. Holton, 52, was found stabbed to death in his home in Ashland Feb. 25, 2018….

Teacher Avoids Prison Time for Sexually Assaulting Student

She Will Serve Three Years Probation

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – A former Ripon High School teacher has been sentenced to probation for having a sexual relationship with a student. Twenty-nine-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick earlier pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault of a student by a school staff member. Three other counts, including child enticement, were dismissed. WLUK-TV reports Fond du Lac County Judge Gary…

Charges: Suspect Fired Five Times at School bus Windshield

The Driver was Wounded in the Left arm

MINNEAPOLIS – Prosecutors allege a 31-year-old Minnesota man fired five shots at a school bus windshield, wounding the bus driver, after a minor accident on a snowy interstate near downtown Minneapolis. Kenneth Lilly, of St. Paul, was charged Thursday with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault. He’s expected in court Friday. According to the complaint, the bus was trying to…

Prosecutors: Wisconsin man Asked for Video of Rape Before Helping Teen

Rogers is due in Court Again on Thursday

(Dane County Jail via AP)MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin man told a 14-year-old Tennessee girl he met online that he’d help her run away when she told him her adoptive father had been raping her, but only if she sent him video proof of an assault, federal prosecutors allege. Prosecutors said in a complaint filed this week against 31-year-old Bryan Rogers…

Medical Examiner Says Milwaukee Officer has Died

He was Shot While Serving a Warrant

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the death of a Milwaukee police officer who was shot while serving a warrant on the city’s south side. The medical examiner says the officer was pronounced dead after being rushed to Froedtert Hospital following the shooting in a residential neighborhood late Wednesday morning. Details about the shooting haven’t been released….

Patterson Waives Hearing in Wisconsin Girl Abduction

Arraignment is set for March 27

BARRON, Wis. – A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents has been ordered to stand trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson gave brief answers to the judge Wednesday. He acknowledged he was giving up his right to a hearing at which prosecutors would have had to show they…

Man Accused of Kidnapping Wisconsin Girl to Appear in Court

The Hearing Will Begin at 11:00 a.m.

BARRON, Wis. – A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing. Jake Patterson is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and kidnapping their daughter , Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10, after 88 days . Patterson…

Doctor, Six Other Men Arrested in Northland Sex Solicitation Sting

A Grand Rapids physician is among seven men arrested and suspected of soliciting a minor for sex.

DULUTH, Minn.-A Grand Rapids physician is among seven men arrested and suspected of soliciting a minor for sex. Authorities conducted an undercover sting operation and placed ads on various sites know for soliciting sex. Prosecutors say Dr. Ogechukwu Adekweh was among those who responded to an ad and was arrested when he arrived to meet a juvenile female at a…

Two Sex Offenders to be Released in Superior

A public meeting is now scheduled as two convicted sex offenders are set to be released from prison and will take up residence in Superior in the next few weeks.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A public meeting is now scheduled as two convicted sex offenders are set to be released from prison and will take up residence in Superior in the next few weeks. 41-year-old Jesse Thompson will be released Feb. 12 and will reside at on North 16th Street in Superior. He was convicted of third degree sexual assault in Eau Claire…

Cocaine, Heroin, Firearms Recovered In Duluth Drug Bust

DULUTH, Minn. – A convicted felon is off the streets of Duluth after a drug bust by the Lake Superior Violent Crimes Task Force. The arrested happened during a warrant on the 1200 block of East 1st Street. Investigators recovered cocaine, heroin, $2,500 in cash, three firearms and packaging material consistent with sale narcotics, according to Duluth Police Chief Mike…

Authorities: Eight Minnesota men Arrested in Online Solicitation of Minors

This is an Active Investigation

DULUTH, Minn. – According to local authorities, eight men have been arrested for online solicitation of minors for sex following a sting operation earlier this week. The Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension led Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force conducted the operation on January 30 and January 31. The men ranged…

Complaint: Man Says Meth-Fueled ‘Death Party’ Held for Wife

Johnson is Charged With Criminal Neglect

SEARLES, Minn. – A Minnesota man is accused of removing his ailing wife from a care center, taking her home and holding what is described as a “death party” with methamphetamine before she died. Duane Johnson is charged with criminal neglect. Prosecutors say he failed to provide proper care for 69-year-old Debra Lynn Johnson who died at their home in…

No Jail Time for Former Superintendent in Exposure Case

Will Only Serve Time if he Violates Probation

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The former superintendent of the Rocori School District won’t serve any jail time after pleading guilty to indecent exposure, unless he violates terms of his probation. The attorney for Scott Staska told a judge in Stearns County District Court Thursday that the superintendent’s actions were the result of trauma and stress, including the 2003 school shooting…

Special Report: Inside The Douglas County Jail

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In a two-part special report, we take you inside the Douglas and St. Louis county jails. Corrections officers talk about the dangers faced inside and outside the jails, and the training they go through to keep the peace. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. For corrections officers at the Douglas County Jail, things can get a little colorful…

Special Report: Inside The St. Louis County Jail

DULUTH, Minn. — In part two of a special report – Jail Dangers – we take you to the St. Louis County Jail where safety and security concerns go far beyond the walls of the jail. “We’re basically running a little city there,” said Sheriff Ross Litman. “I have a really high level of admiration for the staff that work…

Court Records: Moose Lake Sex Offender Inmate Slashed Counselor’s Throat

George Mack, Jr. 42, Charged With Attempted Murder

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – An inmate at the Moose Lake Sex Offender Program with past felony convictions of sexual assault and assault within that facility is charged with attempted premeditated murder after a counselor’s throat was slashed twice. The suspect, George Mack, Jr., 42, is charged with attempted murder in the first degree, and fourth-degree assault within a secure treatment…

Minnesota man Gets 14-year Federal Sentence for Stalking

Bolduan Targeted Women Across the Country

DENVER – A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal stalking charges. Federal prosecutors in Colorado say Eric Ronald Bolduan also must register as a sex offender following his release. Bolduan pleaded guilty to three counts of stalking and three counts of interstate communications in September. Prosecutors say he created…

No Charges for Closs Suspect in Douglas County

Patterson is Currently Being Held in a Polk County Jail

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – In a recent release, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office says they do not anticipate filing a criminal complaint against Jake Patterson in the immediate future. Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf states: “A prosecutor’s decision whether to file criminal charges involves the consideration of multiple factors, including the existence of other charges and victim-related concerns….

Two men Arrested on Opioid Related Murder Charge

This is an Ongoing Investigation

DULUTH, Minn. – Two men have been arrested in connection to an opioid related death that occurred on December 14, 2018. The Duluth Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force arrested 26-year-old Jacob Johnson on Wednesday and 49-year-old Jamie McNeary Thursday morning on charges of third-degree aiding and abetting murder. According to the criminal complaint a…

750 Blue Roses Painted for K9 Haas Memorial Service

Non-profit "Backing the Blue Line" Prepared the Tributes Thursday Night

DULUTH, Minn- Ahead of Friday’s memorial for fallen K-9 Officer Haas, a non-profit group is preparing something special that people who attend the funeral. The non-profit Backing the Blue Line is preparing 750 blue roses to represent the sacrifice law of enforcement officers and their families. Each rose is tagged with a paw print and K-9 Haas’ name. K-9 Haas…

Murder Charges for man who Shot Five People Inside Florida Bank

A Thursday Press Conference Will be Held

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — An Indiana man accused of fatally shooting five people inside a Florida bank branch has long been fascinated with the idea of killing, but people who could have done something about it didn’t take his threats seriously, a woman who identified herself as his former girlfriend told a television station. Zephen Xaver, 21, “for some reason…

Cook Homicide Suspect Pleads Guilty to Killing Girlfriend

Sentencing is Scheduled for February 25

DULUTH, Minn. – An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend and burying her remains in a shallow grave on a property near Cook. Forty-year-old Daniel Lynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder without intent on Wednesday for the murder of 28-year-old Christina Woods. Woods’ remains were found on July 2 in a shallow grave on a property owned…

Two Duluth men Convicted of Trafficking Teenage Girl for sex

FBI and Duluth Police Combined to Investigate

DULUTH, Minn. – Two Duluth men have been convicted in federal court of trafficking a 15-year-old girl for sex. A jury in Duluth found 44-year-old Amos Kiprop Koech guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking of a minor. Koech’s alleged co-conspirator, 33-year-old Andre Mathis Jr., pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor…

Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Aurora man Ordered to Undergo Mental Evaluation

Howson is due in Court Again on February 14

HIBBING, Minn. – A suspect charged in the murder of an Aurora man earlier this month has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine his mentally competency. Deshon Bonnell, 18, is accused of shooting and killing 33-year-old Joshua Lavalley on January 6 in Hibbing. Lavalley’s body was found the same day by a snowmobiler on the Mesabi Trail…

Wisconsin Girl Accused of Stabbing Father Over Online Relationship

The Girl was Taken to a Detention Facility

TWIN LAKES, Wis. – A 14-year-old Kenosha County girl is accused of stabbing her father in the face after they argued about her online relationship. Police were called to an apartment in Twin Lakes Sunday where they found the wounded father. Investigators say they learned the 38-year-old man and his daughter were arguing about the online relationship before she attacked…

Chief Tusken Speaks to Park Point Community After Jan. 2 Homicide

Tusken says statistically speaking, Park Point is the safest neighborhood in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken spoke with park point residents in the aftermath of the January 2nd burglary and homicide there, which was the first homicide of the year in Duluth. Chief Tusken’s appearance at the Park Point Community Club was to answer questions about the recent crime that killed 70-year-old Larry Watczak and ease community fears….

Patterson Moved to Polk County Jail; Defendant’s Father Brings Note for Closs Family

Faked and hacked Facebook accounts responsible for GoFundMe accounts benefiting the defendant, Patterson

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. – The defendant in the Jayme Closs kidnapping case has been moved out of Barron County to another jail. The defendant, 21-year-old Jake Patterson of Gordon, has been moved from the Barron County Jail to the Polk County Jail in Balsam Lake. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed one of Jayme Closs’s relatives works at the Barron…

Closs Kidnapping Suspect Moved to new Jail

Jayme Escaped on Thursday

BARRON, Wis. – The man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents has been transferred to a different jail. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson had been held in the Barron County Jail since his arrest Thursday. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says he moved Patterson to adjoining Polk County Monday night. Fitzgerald confirmed that one of Jayme’s relatives…

Park Point Attack Suspect Now Facing Murder Charges

DULUTH, Minn. — More serious charges are now filed against the man accused of attacking and ultimately killing a Park Point resident during a burglary and robbery of that man’s home. Darrel Mayhew, 30, of Duluth is now facing two counts of 2nd-degree murder — one with intent, one without. He is also charged with aggravated robbery and burglary of the…

Park Point Homicide Victim Remembered For His Love For Classic Cars

Suspect Faces 2nd-Degree Murder Charges

DULUTH, Minn. – More serious charges are now filed against the man accused of attacking and ultimately killing Park Point resident Larry Watczak, 70, during a burglary and robbery at his home. Darrel Mayhew, 30, of Duluth is now facing two counts of 2nd-degree murder — one with intent, one without. He is also charged with aggravated robbery and burglary of…

Alleged Closs Murderer and Kidnapper Appears in Court

Criminal Complaint Released by Barron County

BARRON, Wis.- The man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs for 88 days and killing her parents could be sentenced to life in prison. He’s facing four serious charges including two counts of first degree homicide, and one count of kidnapping, and armed burglary. The press conference on Monday was vastly different than the one held last Friday when Closs escaped….

Duluth Police Hold Procession For Fallen K-9 Haas

DULUTH, Minn. — It was an emotional night Monday for the Duluth Police Department the Northland law enforcement community. A procession was held down Grand Avenue to transport the body of K-9 Haas for cremation. Haas was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday night during a domestic assault call. Dozens of people lined up along Grand Avenue Monday…

Complaint: Suspect Chose Jayme When saw her on bus

Patterson Went to Closs Home Twice

BARRON, Wis. – A criminal complaint says a Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs spotted her getting on a school bus one day and made up his mind to take her. Jake Thomas Patterson was charged Monday with kidnapping and with killing Jayme’s parents. The criminal complaint says Patterson told investigators he was driving to his job at…

Neighbors, Police React To Officer-Involved Shooting That Killed K-9

Duluth Police received about 2,000 domestic dispute calls in 2018

DULUTH, Minn.- Events of the shooting on West Skyline Parkway all began when officers responded to a domestic dispute around 6:30 Sunday night. For about an hour officers negotiated with a male suspect in a home before he fired shots at them, striking four year veteran Officer Aaron Haller and killing his K-9 partner Haas. (Click here for the procession…

$5M Cash Bail set for Wisconsin Kidnapping Suspect

Patterson Will Appear in Court Again on February 6

BARRON, Wis. – A Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents sat impassively as a judge set his bail at $5 million. Prosecutors on Monday charged 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary. Patterson appeared in court Monday afternoon via video…

Duluth K-9, Suspect Dead In Officer-Involved Shooting

Officer Was Also Shot, Suffered Non-Life Threatening Injuries

DULUTH, Minn. – A felony level domestic assault call on West Skyline Parkway ended Sunday evening with an officer shot and his K-9 partner dead, including the suspect, according to a press release from the Duluth Police Department. The incident began around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in a home on the 1000 block of West Skyline Parkway, according to police. Duluth…

Thieves Strike Bentleyville Yet Again

Items Stolen and Damage as Display Comes Down

DULUTH, Minn.- Even though the holiday season is over, that hasn’t stopped some more Grinches from stealing from Bentleyville Tour of Lights as the display is being taken down. Thursday night crooks sawed off a cable that was the major power supply of the light show, stole 150 gallons of diesel, a motor, and spotlights that lit up the “#Bentleyville2018”…