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CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: No charges filed against Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant who killed a hitch-hiker

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CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: No charges filed against Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant who killed a hitch-hiker
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No charges will be filed against a Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant who shot a distraught hitch-hiker to death almost nine months ago. District Attorney Dan Blank said yesterday that Lieutenant Christopher Hoyt was faced with a deadly threat, and he acted reasonably when he shot-and-killed 21-year-old Andrew Closson. Closson was hitch-hiking New Year's Day on Highway 53, about 40 miles south of Superior. Blank said Hoyt stopped his squad car and told Closson to show his hands. Closson then pointed a deer rifle, and the officer then shot the man three times. News reports at the time indicated that Closson was distraught over his ex-girlfriend -- and he snapped at a New Year's Eve party at his father's house in Gordon because nobody would lend him a car to go see the woman. Reports said Closson fired a couple shots in his dad's house, and possibly outside the home. No one was hurt in those shootings.

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A man who spent 39 years in mental wards for killing two Waukesha County police officers is expected to be freed today -- 21 years after he could have gone free, had he been sent to prison. A judge tentatively approved Alan Randall's release a month ago, but it was delayed so the state could find housing for him. Randall is now 55. A jury found him innocent by insanity in the 1975 killings of Summit police officers Rocky Atkins and Wayne Olson -- but doctors later concluded that Randall did not have a mental illness. Because of the parole rules at the time, Randall could have been freed as early as 1992, had his jury sent him to prison instead of a mental institution. He tried going free in 1989, but the State Supreme Court eventually ruled that he could be held in a mental institution -- even without a mental illness -- if there's a threat that he could kill again. In Randall's trial, prosecutors never challenged the defense's claim that Randall was a paranoid schizophrenic when he killed the two officers

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A northeast Wisconsin man is due back in court October ninth, on charges that he molested young children at his mother's child care center. Forest County prosecutors said 39-year-old William Anderson of Crandon committed a number of sexual assaults between January and September 11th. The victims were reported to be 4-to-6 years old. Anderson is under a 50-thousand-dollar cash bond. He's charged with six felony counts of exposure and repeated child sex assaults.  

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A 29-year-old man was shot-and-killed in Milwaukee last night. Investigators were at the scene when a 21-year-old man checked into a hospital, saying he was wounded at the same place as the homicide. There was no word on the survivor's condition, but he was doing well enough to talk to officers. Deputy Inspector Terrence Gordon said the survivor's account of the incident is not consistent with the evidence found at the murder scene. Gordon also said his officers have not established a connection between the two men.  

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 
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