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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.
Recent content from Brandon Stahl
Gov. Dayton defends BCA after criticism of Damond probe

Gov. Dayton defends BCA after criticism of Damond probe

The governor praised the statewide investigative agency for its diligence, saying the Hennepin County attorney's criticism is "destructive."
Freeman: No evidence yet to prosecute officer in Justine Damond's death

Freeman: No evidence yet to prosecute officer in Justine Damond's death

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a group of activists that he does not yet have the evidence to file charges in the shooting death of Justine Damond.
Ex-Mpls. cop given 6 months in workhouse for on-duty assault

Ex-Mpls. cop given 6 months in workhouse for on-duty assault

Christopher Reiter, 36, received the maximum allowable sentence under state guidelines for delivering blow to the head of Mohamed Osman in May 2016, knocking him unconscious and inflicting brain bleeding.
Mpls. police bracing for backlash over officer in Justine Damond's death

Mpls. police bracing for backlash over officer in Justine Damond's death

Police chief expects heated reaction whether or not officer Mohamed Noor is charged in her fatal shooting.
Lawsuit by son of slain Somali activist against money transfer business is thrown out

Lawsuit by son of slain Somali activist against money transfer business is thrown out

Case alleged that big money-transfer firm helped fund killers of famed activist.

Plymouth paramedic pleads '100% guilty' to stealing painkillers

Robert Ryan Lien, 37, admitted to replacing painkiller meant for patients with saline.

Mpls. marriage, family therapist charged with having child porn

Police say man, 72, had at least 158 files on laptop.
Hennepin County's go-to expert can sway insanity cases

Hennepin County's go-to expert can sway insanity cases

Prosecutors often call on doctors like Wernsing when they want the offender to be prosecuted rather than committed.
Minneapolis woman charged with killing Thanksgiving guest for smoking crack

Minneapolis woman charged with killing Thanksgiving guest for smoking crack

A Minneapolis woman was charged with second-degree murder on Monday, accused of killing a Thanksgiving guest apparently for smoking crack in her apartment without asking…
Advocate for rape victim bill distances herself from Franken

Advocate for rape victim bill distances herself from Franken

Abby Honold, a rape survivor, was working with Franken on a bill to help victims. But after allegations surfaced against the senator, Honold sought another senator to help with the legislation. Now, she's being harassed and threatened with rape.
Dismay, support, confusion follow Franken apology for behavior

Dismay, support, confusion follow Franken apology for behavior

As some former allies call for a resignation, the woman who reported that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped at her without permission in 2006 said he has sent her a personal apology.
Focus on serious crime is driving surge in Hennepin felony cases

Focus on serious crime is driving surge in Hennepin felony cases

What's shaping up to be a record year stresses the system — from jails to courtrooms and public defenders.
Prior Lake man pleads guilty to sex assault at bar near U

Prior Lake man pleads guilty to sex assault at bar near U

A Prior Lake man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a popular bar near the University of Minnesota pleaded guilty on Tuesday. Benjamin E.…

Minneapolis school bus driver accused of raping sex worker in Bloomington hotel

A Minneapolis school bus driver is accused of raping a prostitute at knife point in a Bloomington hotel room. The sex worker told police that…
Surprise! Mendota Heights police throw birthday party for 3-year-old boy

Surprise! Mendota Heights police throw birthday party for 3-year-old boy

Mendota Heights Sgt. Eric Petersen arranges a birthday party for a boy he met on the job.
Anoka County jury acquits teacher of molestation charges

Anoka County jury acquits teacher of molestation charges

Kenneth Sonnenfeld Jr., 54, had been accused of touching a student.

Blaine mother charged with passing out high on meth with kids in car

Records show child protection could have removed kids from mother's care earlier.
Accused gang member charged with threatening Minneapolis cop

Accused gang member charged with threatening Minneapolis cop

Trevor Deontre Schlotfeldt-Gidney, 22, allegedly made the threats on Facebook after the off-duty officer would not allow Young N' Thuggin' gang members into a nightclub.

Champlin foster mother charged with injuring 7-week-old boy

Melissa Anne Sondrol is accused of causing several fractures to boy in her care.

Worker at Massage Envy in Edina charged with sex assault

A worker at Massage Envy in Edina has been charged with sexual assault after one of his clients accused him of touching her under her…
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.
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