Brandon Stahl | Star Tribune

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.