Reporter | Politics and Government

Stephen Montemayor covers politics and government in Minnesota. He previously reported on federal courts and law enforcement for the Star Tribune.

A native of Kansas City, Montemayor lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and enjoys camping, travel and a good beer.


Judge drops gag order in case against four ex-cops charged in Floyd killing

Judge Peter Cahill has not yet ruled on motion for broad release of police body-camera videos.


Fridley man pleads guilty in multimillion-dollar magazine fraud

Telemarketing scheme targeted the vulnerable.


Federal judge in Minnesota sentences second brother for sending drone parts to Hezbollah

A federal judge in Minneapolis on Monday sentenced a 55-year-old dual Lebanese and South African citizen to 42 months in federal prison for illegally sending…


New victim services coordinator focused on police killings takes job at turbulent time

Biiftuu Adam is the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's first-ever liaison to families of people who died in police encounters.


Minnesota's Boogaloo movement: Armed, eager for societal collapse

Militia-style extremists "know we have a target on us," a New Brighton man says.


U.S. attorney for Minnesota convenes a multiagency task force focused on surging Twin Cities violence

Federal, state authorities will operate out of joint command center for at least 30 days.


Florida businessman linked to massive telemarketing fraud pleads guilty

Alleged conspiracy totaled at least $100M through fake magazine sales.


Trial delayed for 'White Rabbits' militia leader allegedly behind Bloomington mosque bombing

Michael Hari is only member of an Illinois militia charged in the 2017 attack left to stand trial.


New federal arson charges for May blazes set at Gordon Parks High School, St. Paul Enterprise Rent-A-Car building

At least 14 federal criminal cases have been filed in unrest over Floyd's death.


Florida man charged in federal $100M fake magazine service conspiracy linked to thousands of Minnesota victims

Charges come two years after a Fridley man was indicted on a related fraud charge.