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Wis. man accused of stalking singer/songwriter Jewel


TOWNSEND, Wis. (AP) -- The sister of a Wisconsin man accused of stalking singer-songwriter Jewel at her Texas ranch says her brother is in need of help but hasn't responded to the family's attempts to contact him.

Susan Richter says her brother, Michael Lawrence Kozelka, hasn't had any contact with the family for nearly two years.

In a statement, Richter said the stalking accusation has "shocked" her family. She apologized to Jewel and her husband on behalf of her brother.

Erath County sheriff's officials say Kozelka was arrested last week after he went to the Stephenville, Texas, ranch owned by Jewel's husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, on two consecutive days.

Sheriff Tommy Bryant says Kozelka told authorities he was on a mission from God.

The 50-year-old Townsend man remains in jail.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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