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Brandon Stahl

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Brandon Stahl covers Hennepin County courts, reporting on criminal justice, civil lawsuits, juvenile and family law. He previously worked as the investigations editor at the Duluth News Tribune, where his stories on physician malpractice and medical errors, drug abuse, tax dollar waste, sex offenders and police misconduct have won numerous state and national journalism awards.
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Suit: Workers ran, didn't warn others before Minnehaha blast

Suit: Workers ran, didn't warn others before Minnehaha blast

Ruth Berg's daughter and mother blame CenterPoint Energy and contractors for her death. Their lawsuit alleges that the contractors "ran to save themselves."
Charles Beck, renowned woodcut print artist, dies at 94

Charles Beck, renowned woodcut print artist, dies at 94

Charles Beck started selling his drawings in grade school for candy and marbles growing up in Fergus Falls. Some 90 years later, his prints and…
Workers can't be fired for refusing to share tips, state court rules

Workers can't be fired for refusing to share tips, state court rules

Todd Burt worked as a bartender at Bunny's in St. Louis Park. and was told that he needed to give more of his tips to table bussers, and there "would be consequences if that did not happen."
Charges: 'Everyone is going to die' suspect said before setting Mpls. fire

Charges: 'Everyone is going to die' suspect said before setting Mpls. fire

One Mpls. apartment dweller died, second hurt.
Lawsuit: Adrian Peterson owes $600,000 on defaulted loan

Lawsuit: Adrian Peterson owes $600,000 on defaulted loan

Former Viking still owes $600,000, says Crown Bank
Jury convicts former Minneapolis cop of on-duty assault

Jury convicts former Minneapolis cop of on-duty assault

Christopher Reiter kicked a domestic violence suspect in the face in May 2016.
Despite 27 DWIs, how did Danny Bettcher get a license?

Despite 27 DWIs, how did Danny Bettcher get a license?

Danny Lee Bettcher had a valid driver's license when he got his 28th DWI.
Long dead bodies of mom, brother found in White Bear Lake man's home

Long dead bodies of mom, brother found in White Bear Lake man's home

Though deaths were natural causes, Robert James Kuefler accused of concealing the bodies.
Question of knife is focus of fired Minneapolis officer's assault trial

Question of knife is focus of fired Minneapolis officer's assault trial

Christopher Reiter testifies and says he kicked man to protect partner.
Assault trial opens for ex-Minneapolis cop caught on video kicking man in face

Assault trial opens for ex-Minneapolis cop caught on video kicking man in face

Christopher Reiter was caught on video kicking Mohamed Osman.
Level 3 sex offender charged with rape, attempted rape in south Mpls.

Level 3 sex offender charged with rape, attempted rape in south Mpls.

Christopher Bogan went to prison in 2008 after a stranger rape of a teenage girl.
Murder-suicide suspected in hanging of woman, boy, 5, in Orono home

Murder-suicide suspected in hanging of woman, boy, 5, in Orono home

A woman listed as being the homeowner was involved in a custody battle.

Minneapolis VA employee charged with indecent exposure

Complaint alleges that he repeatedly exposed himself to co-workers.
A year after rape case, U says reforms are proceeding

A year after rape case, U says reforms are proceeding

Aim is "a university community that is safe and free from sexual misconduct and violence."

Plymouth police: Husband's kidnapping, ransom was a hoax

"He wanted a few days away from his wife, and this was his alibi," said Plymouth police Sgt. Keith Bird.

Man charged with attempted murder in stabbing outside North Loop bar

In the attack outside Stadium Bar and Grill, the victim had been stabbed at least 24 times.

Charges: Deadly shooting of teen at Crystal gas station was an accident

Cortez Ananias Williams, 17, told police that he was drunk when he was sitting in the back seat with Hae'veon Wesley and they decided to switch guns.

Police: Twin Cities man who overdosed on heroin met dealer via Reddit

Two men charged with murder in drug user's death.
U frat adviser suspended after e-mail criticizes rape accusers

U frat adviser suspended after e-mail criticizes rape accusers

A fraternity quickly suspended an adviser to a local University of Minnesota chapter after an e-mail he sent to members blasting rape accusers became public.

Brooklyn Park woman in coma after husband accused of stabbing her

Jethro Gboeah was charged in May with assault before he was accused of repeatedly stabbed his wife on Tuesday.

Charges: Apple Valley woman attempts robbery, then reports it to police

50-year-old Apple Valley woman in custody
Minnesota Supreme Court again suspends attorney Randall Tigue

Minnesota Supreme Court again suspends attorney Randall Tigue

Randall Tigue, who is best known for his adult entertainment clients, must wait two years before he can be reinstated.
BCA gets warrant to examine phones of police in Damond shooting

BCA gets warrant to examine phones of police in Damond shooting

Search prompted by the Hennepin County attorney's office
Jury acquits after video shows cops kicking man at Vikings game

Jury acquits after video shows cops kicking man at Vikings game

The man was charged with trying to disarm a peace officer. But security video shows that as the officers walked him through a corridor they took him to the ground, then tased, kicked and punched him.

Federal jury clears Minneapolis cop in civil lawsuit

Two protesters sued officer Kenneth Tidgwell, accusing him of excessive force
Survivors of 2014 explosion in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood file lawsuit

Survivors of 2014 explosion in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood file lawsuit

The cause for the Minneapolis blast still is undetermined, but victims blame CenterPoint and the building owner.
Fatal stabbing puts safety at downtown Mpls. parking ramps in the spotlight

Fatal stabbing puts safety at downtown Mpls. parking ramps in the spotlight

Before the killing of Mai Yer Cha, parking areas near Target Field had seen a spike in violence.
BCA gets warrant for officers' training records in Damond shooting

BCA gets warrant for officers' training records in Damond shooting

Investigation into Justine Damond shooting continues.
Blair Charnley, journalist and adventurer who asked 'Why not?', dies at 73

Blair Charnley, journalist and adventurer who asked 'Why not?', dies at 73

He pioneered a group of Minneapolis journalists who sailed down the Mississippi and into the Atlantic Ocean in their home-built boat.
Will officer Noor ever have to give a statement on Justine Damond shooting?

Will officer Noor ever have to give a statement on Justine Damond shooting?

He may have to talk with police internal affairs, but that information couldn't be used in a criminal case.
Trial date scheduled for ex-Minneapolis cop accused of kicking man in face

Trial date scheduled for ex-Minneapolis cop accused of kicking man in face

Christopher Reiter wants trial moved due to video leaking.
After shooting, Assistant Chief Arradondo has been face of Mpls. department

After shooting, Assistant Chief Arradondo has been face of Mpls. department

Minneapolis native well-liked in community.
Prosecutor retires after a career of taking on the biggest cases

Prosecutor retires after a career of taking on the biggest cases

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Judith Hawley is ending a 43-year career prosecuting violent crime.
Minnesota AG charges three more with personal care attendant fraud

Minnesota AG charges three more with personal care attendant fraud

The charges says the defendants stole more than $900,000.

Seven women charged with bilking $7.7M from Medicaid

The charges accuse the seven women of providing phony personal care attendant services.
Reflection and worry on anniversary of Philando Castile's shooting

Reflection and worry on anniversary of Philando Castile's shooting

Castile's death, and the acquittal of the officer who shot him, resonated far and wide.
Warrants show deep dive into records of Castile, Reynolds, but not Yanez

Warrants show deep dive into records of Castile, Reynolds, but not Yanez

Investigators pored through social media accounts and cellphones, but less so for the officer who shot Philando Castile.
Yanez had limited training in defusing situations, records show

Yanez had limited training in defusing situations, records show

Instructors say de-escalation tactics might have helped during the officer's traffic stop of Philando Castile.
'Don't...get shooted,' girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

'Don't...get shooted,' girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

The exchange is captured in the latest videos released from the investigation into the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. On Friday, officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting.
Breaking down the dashcam: The Philando Castile shooting timeline

Breaking down the dashcam: The Philando Castile shooting timeline

On the evening of July 6, 2016, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stopped a white Oldsmobile driven by Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. Also in the car were Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her young daughter. Just one minute later, Yanez fired seven shots into the vehicle, fatally wounding Castile. This is a breakdown of key events shown in the police dashcam video. This article contains graphic content and language.
Castile file will be made public; family plans to sue Yanez

Castile file will be made public; family plans to sue Yanez

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said that it was preparing to release the results of its monthslong probe into the shooting death of Philando Castile, including dashcam footage from Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad car.
Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

In closing arguments, a prosecutor painted Officer Jeronimo Yanez as someone whose testimony wasn't credible, arguing that Philando Castile "never reached for his gun, let alone put his hand on it."
Two plead guilty in shooting at Jamar Clark protest

Two plead guilty in shooting at Jamar Clark protest

The shooter, Allen Scarsella, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say they will seek jail time for both of the two accomplices.
Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

The officer took the stand to defend his shooting of Philando Castile in a traffic stop. "I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions," Yanez said.
Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense lawyers called St. Anthony Police Chief John Mangseth to the stand, where he offered praise for Officer Jeronimo Yanez, but did not comment about Yanez's actions in the fatal shooting.
Warrant: Head of Minnetonka-based prostitution ring still running operation from jail

Warrant: Head of Minnetonka-based prostitution ring still running operation from jail

Sex workers trying to raise money for Ricky Turner Jr.'s bail, investigator says
Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Diamond Reynolds wiped away tears as she recounted the night that her boyfriend Philando Castile was shot by officer Jeronimo Yanez. Later, the defense seized on Reynolds' marijuana use during cross-examination.

In Yanez jury selection, criteria for ideal jurors 'totally reversed'

When a cop is on trial, lawyers forgo convention.

Champlin man who ran bail bond firm pleads guilty to forgery in heroin dealer's case

Fake bond allowed release of drug dealer who would later be convicted of murder
Man arrested in slaying of mother, father in Eden Prairie home

Man arrested in slaying of mother, father in Eden Prairie home

They hadn't seen him for weeks and were fearful of his past violent behavior.

Warrant Forgiveness Day isn't a trap for mass arrest, organizers say

South Minneapolis event could help people get low-level charges dismissed
Accused heroin dealer who allegedly sold fatal doses stands trial for murder

Accused heroin dealer who allegedly sold fatal doses stands trial for murder

Beverly Burrell is accused of selling heroin that killed five from 2015 to 2016
Man guilty of attempted murder for shooting at 5 Somali men in Mpls.

Man guilty of attempted murder for shooting at 5 Somali men in Mpls.

The attack by Anthony John Sawina, 26, was described as a hate crime.
Six now charged in Bloomington robbery-turned-murder

Six now charged in Bloomington robbery-turned-murder

Three of the suspects appeared in court Tuesday.
Hopkins elementary employee charged with inappropriately touching students

Hopkins elementary employee charged with inappropriately touching students

Two students reported inappropriate touch by Eisenhower employee.
Two charged in robbery-turned-murder of Bloomington teen

Two charged in robbery-turned-murder of Bloomington teen

Three more also likely to face charges in the weekend shooting death.

Authorities ID 19-year-old Bloomington shooting victim

Corey Preston Elder died from wounds to his head and neck
Vascular pioneer Dr. Alan Tick Hirsch dies at age 62

Vascular pioneer Dr. Alan Tick Hirsch dies at age 62

Hirsch helped bring to the forefront the importance of preventing peripheral artery disease.
15 years in prison for gunman who shot five Jamar Clark protesters

15 years in prison for gunman who shot five Jamar Clark protesters

Judge rejects leniency plea from Allen Scarsella, who was sentenced Wednesday for shooting five black men at a 2015 demonstration following the death of Jamar Clark.
Judge bars cameras from Allen Scarsella's sentencing for protest shooting

Judge bars cameras from Allen Scarsella's sentencing for protest shooting

Audio recordings will be allowed, Judge Hilary Caliguiri ruled.
Mpls. man guilty of killing baby daughter; mental competency still in question

Mpls. man guilty of killing baby daughter; mental competency still in question

A trial will determine if Cory Morris was mentally ill when he killed Emersyn.
Mpls. police open internal probe into handling of U law prof's case

Mpls. police open internal probe into handling of U law prof's case

A review of police and court records provided by Prof. Francesco Parisi's attorneys shows that the Hennepin County attorney's office filed charges despite not getting any corroborating evidence.

St. Paul man gets 8 years for shooting victim in face at Minneapolis bus stop

A St. Paul man will spend the next eight years in prison for shooting a man in the face at a north Minneapolis bus stop…
After rape charges dropped, U of M law professor sues accuser

After rape charges dropped, U of M law professor sues accuser

Francesco Parisi seeks $50K after investigation finds no evidence in case.
Former Mpls. cop charged with felony assault appears in court

Former Mpls. cop charged with felony assault appears in court

Christopher Reiter was briefly jailed one day after he was charged with felony assault for kicking a domestic assault suspect in the face.
Ex-Mpls. cop charged with kick to face and brain injury

Ex-Mpls. cop charged with kick to face and brain injury

Christopher Michael Reiter, who was fired from Minneapolis police, allegedly kicked the man while he was on the ground, breaking his nose. Reiter was responding to a domestic assault call.
Mpls. man gets 5 years in case involving 2-year-old's drive-by shooting death

Mpls. man gets 5 years in case involving 2-year-old's drive-by shooting death

No one yet to be charged for murdering 2-year-old Le'Vonte King Jason Jones
Report: Poland confirms Mpls. man was Nazi commander

Report: Poland confirms Mpls. man was Nazi commander

A prosecutor in Poland says that evidence shows without doubt that a Minnesota man was a Nazi unit commander suspected of contributing to the death of 44 Poles.
All charges dropped against U law prof in case involving ex

All charges dropped against U law prof in case involving ex

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Thursday dropped all charges against a University of Minnesota professor accused of raping and stalking an ex-girlfriend.
On East Lake Street, debate heats up over 'livability crimes'

On East Lake Street, debate heats up over 'livability crimes'

Minneapolis is torn over whether arrests for drinking in public and loitering with an open bottle help or hurt.
Mother wants to know truth of daughter's shooting death

Mother wants to know truth of daughter's shooting death

18-year-old Allie Campbell was shot and died on the floor of a motel bathroom. The man who was there when it happened is on trial.
NAACP demands release of north Minneapolis print shop owner jailed since December raid

NAACP demands release of north Minneapolis print shop owner jailed since December raid

A felon turned businessman, K.B. Brown has been locked up since a gun was found in his home.
Judge upholds charges against two involved in Fourth Precinct protest shooting

Judge upholds charges against two involved in Fourth Precinct protest shooting

Nathan Gustavsson and Joseph Backman were with Allen Scarsella night of shooting
Judge tosses charges against man involved in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Judge tosses charges against man involved in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Daniel Macey faced one count of riot and five of aiding an offender.
Minneapolis man gets 20 years for near-fatal beating of his toddler daughter

Minneapolis man gets 20 years for near-fatal beating of his toddler daughter

Ticortier Collins admitted he also threw 20-month-old girl against a wall.
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