University of Wisconsin-Stout

Sept. 23, 2010

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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Here is the release from the Menomonie Police Department:

Police Department

Chris Langlois, Chief of Police

MEDIA RELEASE

Date of Release: September 23, 2010

Released By: Lt. Todd Swartz

Incident: Assault/Battery

Date: September 18, 2010

Case Number: 10-3461

Case Time: 0201 hrs

Address: Menomonie, WI

Faxed (Y or N): Y

Faxed Time: 1630 hrs



Arrested Person(s) Description:

Jedidiah R. McGlasson

Menomonie, WI

Charge: Felony Murder



Jared C. Britton

Menomonie, WI

Charge: Party to the Crime - Felony Murder



Details of Incident:

Today at 1454 hrs, Bradley L. Simon was pronounced dead at Luther Hospital by Dunn County Medical Examiner – Chris Kruse. The investigation regarding the assault on Bradley Simon, age 22 that occurred the morning of September 18th has led to the arrest of Jedidiah McGlasson, age 21 and Jared Britton, age 23. Both are currently incarcerated at the Dunn County Jail awaiting their bond hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court set for tomorrow at 1:15 p.m.

During the investigation, it was revealed that there was an earlier verbal altercation inside the Log Jam Tavern between Simon and McGlasson, Britton, other bar patrons. The parties were separated by Log Jam employees to prevent further escalation of the disturbance. Many of the bar patrons including McGlasson and Britton, eventually left through the front door and later congregated outside the tavern. A short time after Simon exited the rear door of the Log Jam, he was observed riding a bicycle eastbound on Main St. W. heading toward S. Broadway. Simon was then confronted by McGlasson and Britton. McGlasson and Britton assaulted Simon causing Simon and the bicycle he was riding to crash into a concrete wall. Upon impact, Simon was catapulted over the handle bars and struck his head on the wall resulting in serious head injuries. McGlasson and Britton then left the scene prior to EMS/Police arrival. Simon was transported to Luther Hospital by helicopter for treatment of his injuries.

The Menomonie Police Department will continue to work closely with UW-Stout and the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office during this ongoing investigation until all parties involved are held accountable and brought to justice for this tragic incident. Many people we are in contact with are directly or indirectly involved with this case and requires time to confirm facts. It needs to be noted that other arrests may be forthcoming. We encourage those people who have additional information relating to this incident to contact Investigator David Pellett at the following email address: pellettd@menomonie-wi.gov. During this emotional state of time, the Menomonie Police Department and Dunn County District Attorney’s Office would like everyone to please keep in mind that there is a presumption of innocence for the defendants until proved guilty in a court of law.