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Bail set for woman in revenge, murder plot

UPDATE -- Bail was set at $50,000 on Monday, Nov. 10 for a 60-year-old River Falls woman charged with multiple felonies in connection with a murder plot and threats she and her husband allegedly were planning against law enforcement, a judge and a lawyer.

Cheryl L. Kloss, 942 Leroy Court, River Falls, was ordered to pay $50,000 cash bail on multiple felony counts, including conspiracy to commit first degree intentional homicide (repeater), conspiracy to commit battery or threat to a judge (repeater), battery or threat to a judge (repeater), possession of a firearm by a felon (repeater), harboring or aiding a felon and escape - as party to crime, as well as a misdemeanor obstructing an officer charge.

According to Lt. Gabe Hutton of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, Cheryl remains in the county jail. Cheryl was arrested Friday, Oct. 24, at UW-River Falls, where she has worked for 16 years as a residence hall custodian.

At the bail/bond hearing Nov. 10, St. Croix County judges recused themselves from the case. Trempealeau County Circuit Court Judge John A. Damon has been appointed to preside.

Cheryl’s husband, Kelly Kloss, 56, also faces multiple felony charges, including two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree intentional homicide, three counts of battery/threat to a judge and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Kelly has been a fugitive and wanted by authorities on statewide warrants.

The Klosses were arrested and jailed by River Falls police at their home Friday, Oct. 10.

Kelly, a convicted felon, was later sent to Marathon County jail where he was wanted on a warrant and for escaping. He also has multiple drunken driving convictions in several counties, including St. Croix County.

According to the criminal complaint, after the Oct. 10 arrests in River Falls, Kelly and Cheryl plotted to take revenge against police officers and Judge Ed Vlack, who signed a warrant to have the Kloss house searched.

Before Kelly was moved from St. Croix County jail, police and sheriff’s investigators monitored more than 30 jail phone calls made from Kelly to his wife, who had been released and was back at home.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in St. Croix County Circuit Court for Cheryl on Monday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Kelly Kloss at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in Marathon County Circuit Court.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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