Brandon Stahl | Star Tribune

Brandon Stahl covers criminal justice for the Star Tribune, where he's written extensively about failures in protecting the elderly, children and assault victims. Since becoming a journalist more than a decade ago, his stories have led to dozens of reforms, including the formation by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014 of a task formed that ultimately championed several changes in state law to protect vulnerable children.

State rep accused by advocate of unwanted touching; he says it was not sexual

Following allegations against Rep. Rod Hamilton, Republican leaders of the state House have suspended him as committee chairman.

Key question: Was Noor fearful during Damond shooting?

Noor's partner said he "perceived his life was in danger" and pulled his gun, according to charges.

Grand jury testimony begins in Noor shooting case

The list of officers summoned to testify before a grand jury Tuesday indicates that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is trying to meet the legal standard to charge Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, legal experts say.

Dates set for Lynch appeal hearing; attorney says they're too soon

Hearing dates are set for early February for suspended University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch to appeal findings he was responsible for sexual misconduct against two women.

Mike Freeman convenes grand jury in Damond shooting death

The Hennepin County attorney reversed course in the case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot Justine Damond in an alley after she had called 911 to report a possible crime.

2 south metro women plead guilty to murder for role in fatal drug robbery

The young women avoid life in prison for a drug robbery that went awry.

Businessman suffering from brain disease sentenced to home monitoring for child porn

Greg Dolphin, 63, sentenced to year of home monitoring.

Obituary: Reed Schmidt, Atwater's former police chief, dies at 67

Jerry Spencer remembers sitting on the Atwater City Council in the mid-1990s, conducting interview after interview in search of a new police chief for the central Minnesota town, population 1,100. Reed Schmidt stood out. Social, friendly and outgoing, "he just seemed like the man for the position," Spencer said.

Ice skating coach charged with sexually assaulting 14-year-old student

Thomas Joseph Incantalupo, 47, is accused of abusing the girl, now 16, beginning in August 2015.

Lawyer: Gophers' Lynch denies allegations, requests hearing

The appeals process would likely take weeks if not months, making it unlikely Lynch will return to the court for the university, where investigators have recommended that he should be expelled.