WISCONSIN
Missing daughter of dead parents is found alive

A 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who went missing in October after her parents were killed has been found alive, authorities said Thursday.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page that Jayme Closs has been located and that a suspect was taken into custody.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the sheriff’s office in Douglas County, about 70 miles north of Barron County, located the girl. A suspect was apprehended a short time later. The statement did not say where Jayme was found or give any further information about the suspect.

Jayme Closs has been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot to death Oct. 15 in the family’s home near Barron. Investigators said Jayme was ruled out as a suspect.

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme. Some tips led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on Oct. 23.

Fitzgerald said in November that he kept similar cases in the back of his mind as he worked to find Jayme, including the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, who was taken from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, when she was 14 years old. She was rescued nine months later.

— Associated Press

MASSACHUSETTS
Man who hacked into hospital sent to prison

A man who attacked the computer network of a renowned hospital in Boston to protest the care of a teenager at the center of a high-profile custody battle was sentenced Thursday to more than 10 years in prison.

Martin Gottesfeld said he has no regrets for the cyberattacks he orchestrated on Boston Children’s Hospital and a treatment home in 2014, which cost the facilities tens of thousands of dollars and disrupted operations for days.

Gottesfeld’s lack of remorse drew a scathing rebuke from U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton, who called his crimes “contemptible, invidious and loathsome.”

Gottesfeld, a self-proclaimed member of the international hacking group Anonymous who calls himself an “Obama-era political prisoner,” insists his actions weren’t criminal because he says he was trying to save the life of Justina Pelletier.

The Connecticut teenager was placed in state custody in Massachusetts after her parents disputed Boston Children’s Hospital doctors’ diagnosis of their daughter.

Pelletier had previously been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a disorder that affects cellular energy production, but Boston Children’s Hospital diagnosed her problems as psychiatric.

The case drew national media attention and ignited a debate over parental rights. Pelletier was later returned to her parents on a judge’s order.

Gottesfeld was arrested in 2016 after he and his wife fled the country and were picked up by a Disney cruise ship when their sailboat ran into trouble off the coast of Cuba.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Coroner IDs 2nd man to die in donor's home

A second man who died at the Southern California home of a Democratic donor in less than two years was identified Thursday.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office said Timothy Dean, 55, of West Hollywood was the man pronounced dead at the donor’s apartment on Monday.

Dean is the second black man in a year and a half to have died at the West Hollywood residence of Ed Buck, a 64-year-old white man who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates and is well known in LGBTQ political circles.

Activists have been calling for Buck’s arrest, saying if Dean and the other man who died, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, had been white, there would be more attention and action on the case.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the investigation into Dean’s death will include a review of Moore’s death.

Moore died of a methamphetamine overdose in July 2017. He was found naked on a mattress in Buck’s living room, which was littered with drug paraphernalia.

Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, has said Buck and Moore were friends and that his client had nothing to do with his death.

He told the Los Angeles Times this week that Buck was cooperating with the investigation into Dean’s death and called it accidental.

Buck came to political notice in Arizona in the 1980s as a leader of a recall drive against then-Republican Gov. Evan Mecham.

— Associated Press