Alleged Kidnapper Had No Known Connection With Closs Family, Police Say

CHICAGO (CBS) — The suspect in the kidnapping of a Wisconsin teen and murder of her parents worked at the same plant as the parents, police say. The suspect’s gun is also consistent with the weapon used to kill the parents.

On Oct. 15, police responded to 13-year-old Jayme Closs’ home after an inaudible 911 call. They found the door kicked in, Jayme’s parents shot to death and Jayme nowhere to be found.

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Jayme Closs, 13, was missing after her parents were found dead in their home in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15, 2018. (Credit: Barron County Sheriff)

Police say Jayme cracked her own case because they were stumped.

Jayme smiled for a photo after reuniting with her family. The teen’s 88-day nightmare has ended for now. But CBS 2 security consultant Ross Rice says police will need to piece together who Jake Thomas Patterson is and why he allegedly killed Jayme’s parents and snatched the 13-year-old girl.

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Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping, in the abduction of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, and the slayings of her parents in Wisconsin. (Source: Barron County Sheriff)

A buttoned up case is crucial for a conviction and for protection.

“I’m certain they don’t want to have a trial with this,” Rice said. “I’m certain they don’t want to put this young girl on the witness stand.”

So to corroborate Jayme’s story, Rice says investigators will scour the northwest Wisconsin neighborhood where she frantically approached a dog walker Thursday.

“She just said, ‘I’m lost, and I don’t know where I am, and I need help,’” Jeanne Nutter said.

Right now, police are trying to talk to anyone who knows Patterson.

“I had him as a middle school student in science class,” Kristin Kasinskas said. “Very quiet kid. Smart.”

Until Jayme’s daring escape, investigators had no idea who took her, in part because Patterson apparently took steps to conceal his identity.

“They include things like not leaving trace evidence by changing his physical appearance like shaving his head not to leave hair behind,” said Barron County, Wisconsin Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

Police are adamant Patterson had no known connections to the Closs family but in the same breath say he targeted Jayme.

Diving into his life in the cyber world could provide the missing link.

“Was he stalking them digitally? Had he been on her Facebook page? The parents’ Facebook page? Any connection to put him and her together,” Rice said.

Police don’t think Jayme interacted with her suspected kidnapper on social media.

Patterson is scheduled to appear in court Monday on two counts of first degree murder and a kidnapping charge.

Postal Worker Shot On The Job Suffers Nerve Damage

CHICAGO (CBS) — A postal worker shot on the job says “every day is extra” in 2019.

Stephen Casazza, 36, is out of the hospital and talked with CBS 2 by phone for the first time since he was shot.

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Elk Grove Village mail carrier Stephen Casazza, who was shot three times, is now in stable condition. (Credit: Stephen Casazza Sr.)

He is sidelined for delivering mail, due in large part to the nerve damage to his right hand and arm — his dominant side.

Following the shooting in Elk Grove Village it’s numb, and he can’t use it.

“I realize so many people die from gunshots every day. This is a trying moment in my life for sure, but I’m grateful that it’s not any worse,” he says.

It may be weeks before he’ll know if it can return to normal.

“On the bullet’s way through my chest, it blew up an artery, and that was surrounded by nerves. And I got total nerve damage throughout my elbow, but, again, I’m grateful it wasn’t any worse,” Casazza says.

Casazza is also touched that his friend Elliott Osborne set up a GoFundMe campaign to help in his recovery.

 

Oakland Airport Blames Aeromexico Pilot For Hours-Long Delay Fiasco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — There’s finally some clarity from the Aeromexico fiasco at Oakland International Airport which had passengers stuck on a stifling plane for more than four hours before being let off.

Late Friday evening, an Oakland International Airport spokeswoman says the pilot waited too long to request to deplane passengers who were stuck in the plane for hours.

Flight 662 flew in from Guadalajara headed to San Francisco International Airport. Thick fog at SFO led the plane to be diverted to Oakland International Airport.

Oakland airport spokeswoman Keonnis Taylor said the pilot did not want to let passengers get off when the plane landed at around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.  Taylor said the pilot wanted to wait for the fog at SFO to clear out so he could fly to their original destination.

Taylor says the pilot finally gave in and asked the airport to allow passengers to deplane around 2 p.m.  She says U.S. Customs and Border Protection approved the request about 30 minutes later. By then, it was too late; the passengers where in an uproar and conditions were getting deteriorating.

Passenger Erin Morgan and her husband, Jaime Quirarte, said it was hot and sweaty. People felt sick and they, too, were feeling weak.

“It was hard to breathe.  But also we were feeling really, really weak,” said Quirarte, who was flying home to San Francisco.

They said the pilot and flight crew didn’t try to make the situation easier.

“If you wanted a snack, you could go to the back of the plane and ask for like a little thing of peanuts,” said Morgan. But you really had to advocate for yourself.  No one was providing any service.  No one was offering anything.”

Morgan and Quirarte said the crew also came across as being impatient and rude.

“The pilot, completely incompetent,” said Quirarte.

Morgan also cited the pilot’s attitude. “His tone was ‘I’ve already told you this four times, I’m not going to say it again.  No one is getting off the plane, no one is getting on the plane.’”

Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two passengers after they threatened to open the emergency exit.  Those men were later released.

KPIX 5 has been reaching out to officials with Aeromexico.  So far, they have not responded back to our requests for comment.

Expanded passenger protection rules last year include a four-hour time limit on tarmac delays for international flights of U.S. and foreign airlines. Carriers also must ensure passengers stuck on the tarmac are provided adequate food and water after two hours, as well as working lavatories and any necessary medical treatment.

Lawmakers Plan To Amend Clean Indoor Air Act To Include E-Cigarettes

DENVER (CBS4)– Finding a place to vape in Colorado could soon be as hard as finding a place to smoke. State lawmakers plan to amend the Clean Indoor Air Act to include e-cigarettes.

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Right now, the law bans smoking but not vaping in restaurants, workplaces, and most indoor areas open to the public. Susan Weiser, General Manager of the Urban Farmer restaurant in Denver among those supporting the bill.

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Susan Weiser (credit: CBS)

“Whether it smells like bubble gum or whether is smells like cigarette smoke, it upsets the sensory experience of all of it. That the smell of it is offsetting to rest of guests and we want you to be able smell and enjoy food as we put it out,” said Weiser.

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Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, the sponsor of the bill, has another motive. She wants to discourage the use of e-cigarettes by kids.

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CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd interviews Dafna Michaelson Jenet (credit: CBS)

The U-S Surgeon General says teen vaping is an epidemic and Colorado has the highest rate of teen use in the country. A recent survey found nearly 90 percent of kids think smoking is unhealthy but only 50 percent think vaping is.

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“This one way that we can intervene and say, ‘Hey, we don’t think this is good’ and we want to get the message to the youth in our communities, ‘Please stop,’” said Michaelson Jenet.

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Among the bill’s biggest backers is Children’s Hospital Colorado.

“I think we are just starting to get the tip of iceberg in terms of the potential negative health effects of these devices by teens,” said Dr. Heather Hoch, a Pediatric Pulmonologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd interviews Heather Hoch (credit: CBS)

She says one cartridge in an e-cigarette contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, as well as other toxic chemicals.

“And we have teens using one, two, three of these pods a day,” said Hoch.

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Studies show those breathing in second hand vapors, especially pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, are also at risk.

Weiser says the bill just makes sense, “If we’ve outlawed the smoking, I mean, why shouldn’t outlaw something like this as well?”

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CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd interviews Susan Weiser (credit: CBS)

The bill would also ban vaping within 25 feet of public buildings and workplaces. Michaelson Jenet said, for now, the big e-cigarette manufacturer Juul is not opposing the bill.

Owner of Marin Beachside Eatery Pays Feds To Stay Open As Shutdown Drags On

STINSON BEACH (KPIX) — When the gates to the Stinson Beach Park were locked because of the partial government shutdown, the beachside Siren Canteen started losing business. The locked gates were shutting off customers to her café, leaving visitors with nowhere to park.

The owner, Mary Margaret Stewart took matters into her own hands. She and the Feds struck a deal.

“They offered the opportunity that I pay a donation in order to be open,” Stewart said.

Stewart is donating an undisclosed amount of money that keeps the gate open, keeps the restrooms clean and pays for one ranger during business hours.

When asked if she can afford to keep doing that she was emphatic.

“No! … Knowing I will make it up in the summer season, well, we’re operating at a loss,” she admits.

Staying open also keeps her staff employed.

Word of her donation is spreading across this small beach town where everyone knows everyone.

John Washington has lived in Stinson for 43 years. He says the entire town is grateful.

“With she paying to have the park open, it gives people a place to park, it keeps the town cleaner and it’s a benefit for everybody.”

Bill Pint, who repairs hot tubs, agreed.

“It’s very humbling to find out someone would do something like that,” he said.

But there’s a problem. Stewart says she’s not sure how long she can keep the beach open on her own.

“I just hope this ends soon because it’s not fair to small businesses or to government workers. It’s just not right.”

Family And Friends Mourn Loss Of Davis Police Officer

DAVIS (KPIX 5) – Family members and friends were in mourning Friday as they tried to make sense of the fatal shooting that took the life of  rookie Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona during what started as a routine car accident investigation.

Davis Police Department officials said the 22-year-old officer was shot after responding to a traffic accident about 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Police said the shooting happened in the area of Fifth and “C” streets near downtown.

Police said it did not appear that the shooter was a driver or passenger in any of the three vehicles involved in the collision.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was later found dead inside a Davis home about a block away from the crash with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Natalie Corona’s father Merced Corona spoke to media for the first time since the death of his daughter Friday afternoon, talking to a reporter at his home in the small Colusa County town of Arbuckle. He said that he had concerns about her decision to become a police officer.

“When I worked in law enforcement, I didn’t so much fear for my own safety. You’re out there doing the work and you think you can handle any situation,” explained Corona. “But when it came to Natalie, I worried about her. I worried about her getting hurt and being out there in the streets.”


Part of his concern stemmed from the fact that police work has become more dangerous than when he worked in the field, even in a smaller community like Davis.

“Times have changed. It’s gotten more violent,” said Corona. “As a father, you worry about your kids, and I worried about her.”

Still, Corona said he was proud that Natalie followed in his footsteps by going into law enforcement to serve the community.

“I was extremely proud. It was one of those moments in your life when you just couldn’t be more proud of your daughter,” said Corona. “You see the accomplishment in what she’d done, graduating from the academy and pursuing what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.”

Devastated friends also remembered Natalie as a woman who wanted to serve her community.

“I heard that there was an active shooter in Davis and I texted her, but it was probably too late,” said friend Isabel Espindola. “I was in denial. I didnt want to believe it.”

Espindola met Corona while they were working at the Colusa Casino and remained friends when Corona went to the police academy.

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Slain Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona (Isabel Espindola)

“She couldn’t wait to go to the academy, to get into the patrol car by herself,” remembered Espindola.

The fatal shooting by the suspect who would apparently kill himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound has left both Corona’s friends and the small town she protected reeling.

“Its just really sad to hear that our little town, that something like this could happen. So it meant a lot just to be able to do something,” said one Davis resident who had gone to the police department to pay her respects.

As a show of support, there is a growing memorial outside police headquarters with flowers and notes of condolences.

“The city of Davis police protect us, and they don’t get enough respect. So I felt like I should do something. Anything,” said Davis resident Tracey Winton.

But despite the terrible tragedy he is facing with his family over the loss, Merced Corona somehow remained positive.

“We’re gonna get past this. It’s gonna be difficult. We’re gonna have our grieving time, but we’ll get past it,” said Corona.

He acknowledged that the family would not be going through their grief alone.

“The Davis Police Department has been extremely supportive. The small community that we are here in Arbuckle, we know everybody and they know us. The outpouring from the community…we’ve got a large family,” explained Corona. “Most of these people are friends, and they just want to support us.”

NBC Orders Drama Pilots ‘Emergence,’ ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

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NBC Orders Drama Pilots ‘Emergence,’ ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

NBC has ordered pilots for dramas “Emergence” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” ABC Studios’ “Emergence hails from writers and executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. The project is described as a character-driven genre thriller that centers around a sheriff who takes in a young child that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident […]