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DULUTH — When Darrel Darryl Mayhew entered a home on Duluth's Park Point and struck 70-year-old Larry Watczak over the head with a bottle, he got away with roughly $2 in cash, a tablet computer and a cellphone. That decision, no matter how rash, will cost Mayhew the next 20 years of his life. But it cost Watczak his life.
HIBBING, Minn. — Joel Dean Gangness was a kind, generous man who would give anyone the shirt off his back, family members said Thursday. Gangness, the father of one adult son and three grandchildren, spent his entire 54 years living in Hibbing. He delivered newspapers for the Hibbing Daily Tribune and loved the small joys in life, like annual trips with family to the Minnesota State Fair.
DULUTH — A Duluth man allegedly told police he "lost it" and "just started stabbing" his wife during an argument that came hours after she told him she wanted a divorce. Ryan Richard Jazdzewski, 40, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in Sunday's slaying of 41-year-old Nicole Jazdewski at the couple's Chester Park home.
DULUTH — A man is in custody after a 41-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in Duluth on Sunday police confirmed Monday, June 3. The victim was discovered with multiple stab wounds in a residence in the Chester Park neighborhood just before 8:30 p.m., according to the Duluth Police Department. Officers were sent to the home after a report that the parents of a child were fighting.
DULUTH — A 16-year-old boy was killed in a shooting early Monday morning in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Officers responded to the report of a gunshot heard in the 2100 block of West Third Street at 2:47 a.m. May 27, spokeswoman Ingrid Hornibrook said in a statement. The victim, Ausineese Aubin Dufault, was pronounced dead at the scene. Dufault had been charged with shooting a female acquaintance on the same block last month, but police did not disclose how or if the two incidents were related.
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.
DULUTH — The man fatally shot by law enforcement officers in Hermantown on Saturday, April 4, had an extensive criminal record, with convictions including robbery, assault and multiple drug offenses. Timothy Russell Majchrzak also served a 70-month federal prison sentence for illegally possessing a semi-automatic rifle and three shotguns, according to records.
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.