Criminal charges filed in student death

By: Andrew Fefer and WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: Andrew Fefer and WEAU 13 News Staff Email

Two UW-Stout hockey players suspected in the death of another UW-Stout student are now charged in the case.

Complaints filed Monday in Dunn County show that Jedidiah McGlasson, 21, of Alaska and Jared Britton, 23, of Canada are each charged with being party to the crimes of felony murder and battery bodily harm.

Each of them is out of jail on $10,000 cash bond.

The judge agreed to modify the conditions of their bond to allow them to travel within 100 miles of Menomonie so they can be with family near the twin cities.

The previous bond required them to stay in Wisconsin.

After seeing police and rescue crews respond to Bradley Simon outside her apartment last week, Dana Neil says she was shocked to learn that he had passed away on Thursday.

“I just couldn't believe it,” she said. “I didn't realize how hard he had hit that wall and what kind of damage had actually been done.”

The criminal complaint says Britton told the University that he had spilled a beer on his shirt, and wore a zip up jacket at a tavern, which is what Britton said the argument with Simon was about.

The complaint says a witness told police that Simon was worried about being attacked if he left the bar, so he went out the back.

The complaint goes on to say that a bouncer followed several hockey players out of the bar, and saw one of them, who the district attorney says was McGlasson, run across main street and push Simon. He was riding a bike at the time.

Police say the front tire of the bike hit a concrete wall, and that Simon flew off the bike head-first and hit his head on the wall.

One of McGlasson's former teachers says he was shocked to hear about the accusations.

“It’s sickening to me just from the standpoint of knowing Jed and knowing what he's meant to my family and the community here for so many years,” said McGlasson’s former teacher and track coach Tim Sandahl.

Neither Britton, McGlasson, nor their attorneys would comment on the case on Monday. Britton's roommate, Rudy Hartviksen, is accused of telling officers Britton wasn't home when he actually was. He has not been charged.

If convicted, Britton and McGlasson could each spend up to 21 years in prison.

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KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- The arrest of a former Kenai, Alaska, high school hockey player on a murder charge in Wisconsin has shocked his family and friends.

21-year-old Jed McGlasson is charged with felony murder in the death of Bradley Simon, a fellow University of Wisconsin-Stout student.

A third student is charged with being a party to felony murder.

Police say the three had an altercation early Sept. 18 and that McGlasson and the other man assaulted Simon as he rode a bike.

Simon crashed into a concrete wall, catapulting over the bike handlebars and hitting his head on the wall. He died of head injuries Thursday.

Kenai Middle School teacher Ken Felchle taught McGlasson and coached him in high school track.

He tells the Peninsula Clarion that McGlasson is as good of a student and athlete as the school has ever had.
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STORY FROM 9/25/10:
Funeral arrangements have been set for the UW-Stout student who died after suffering a severe head injury.

The family of 22-year-old Bradley Simon says a visitation will be held from 3 to 6 Sunday Night at Winn Cress Funeral Home in Waunakee, Wisconsin. The funeral service will be Monday at 3 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Waunakee.
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Police say a man they arrested Friday morning kept officers from finding a suspect in the death of a UW-Stout student.

Dunn County District Attorney Jim Peterson says officers arrested Rudy Hartviksen, 22, for telling them Jared Britton wasn't home when he was.

He's out of jail on a $500 signature bond.

UW-Stout's website says Hartviksen was on the school’s hockey team last year.

The Dunn County Jail says Jared Britton, 23, is out of jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

Jedidiah McGlasson, 21, remains in the Dunn County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

Both are on the UW-Stout hockey team.

Police arrested Britton and McGlasson Thursday in the death of UW-Stout student Bradley Simon, 22, of Waunakee. Simon died Thursday.

Peterson says he's not accusing either Britton or McGlasson of trying to kill Simon on September 18, and he says Hartviksen wasn't implicated in the actual incident, but Peterson says he believes a witness saw McGlasson push Simon while he was on his bike.

Officers say Britton and McGlasson caused Simon and the bike to crash into a concrete wall near Main Street and South Broadway in Menomonie early Saturday morning.

Police also say the impact threw Simon over the handlebars, and that he hit his head on the wall.

“It's a terrible tragedy and…the matter is still under investigation,” Peterson said. “We will have a criminal complaint filed on Monday.”

UW-Stout students say lots of their classmates are talking about the incident.

“Before class begins, that's basically the buzz,” said UW-Stout Junior Tucker Cady. He says he doesn't know any of the people involved, but that it's scary to know something like this could happen so close to campus.

“I guess it does affect everybody on campus,” he said.

“You can be an awesome citizen, go out drinking one night, and make the biggest mistake of your life,” Stevens said.

The university says it has counseling available for its students, and is reaching out to students that are close to the suspects and victims, as well as Britton and McGlasson's teammates on the hockey team.

Their coach did not return our phone calls seeking comment on Friday.

Court records show none of the suspects are charged in the case.

On Thursday, Luther Midelfort, the hospital where Simon died, released a statement from Simon’s parents. In it, Simon’s father says “We have tremendous gratitude for all the people who have touched our lives this week.” The release goes on to say that Simon’s family says Bradley helped many others through organ and tissue donation.

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Menomonie Police say a UW-Stout student involved in a bicycle crash has passed away at Luther Hospital. Officers say 22-year-old Bradley Simon on Waunakee died Thursday at 2:54 p.m.

Officers say they arrested Jedidiah R. McGlasson for Felony Murder and Jared C. Britton for party to Felony Murder.

Investigators say there was a fight at the Log Jam early Saturday morning. They say Simon was riding his bike east on Main when he was assaulted, causing him to crash into a concrete wall.

Menomonie Police say more arrests may follow.

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FROM UW-STOUT:

Chancellor releases statement in wake of student death, arrests of students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 23, 2010

Menomonie, Wis. --- University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen released the following statement today concerning the arrests of two students as a result of the death of UW-Stout student Bradley L. Simon:

Our prayers and hearts go out to the family and friends of Bradley Simon. The welfare of his family is first and foremost with everyone at UW-Stout right now. We are doing everything possible to help his family.

I was severely disappointed today to hear about the alleged behavior that led to the charges brought against two UW-Stout students, one who has played for our hockey team for three years and one who was recruited to play for the team.

I cannot comment on the specifics of the case. The Menomonie Police Department, assisted by our campus police department, has done a remarkable job in investigating the incident. We have been kept informed of the major developments as they affected UW-Stout, and I have directed everyone on campus to give the investigators their full cooperation.

Here are the steps I am taking light of today’s developments:

I have instructed the Dean of Students to take strong and appropriate student disciplinary action in this case.
We will study the results of the police investigation and use that and other information in determining the status of individual hockey players.
We will continue to press for solutions to high risk alcohol use, which will require the involvement of the student body, faculty, staff and the community.
This is a tragedy for everyone involved. Obviously, the Simon family will be affected forever. We have two other students who face serious legal consequences. Our hockey team’s reputation is at stake as well.

We are vitally concerned for the health and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff. UW-Stout has zero tolerance for behavior that causes harm to self or other members of our community.

(Editors: Jedidiah McGlasson is a freshman from Kenai, Alaska, majoring in engineering technology. He is a hockey recruit. Jared Britton is a senior from Regina, Saskatchewan, majoring in manufacturing engineering. He has played three years for the hockey team. UW-Stout will not have further comment on this case at this time because the Menomonie Police Department has not completed its investigation.)


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