Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

The Olmsted County Attorney's Office decided not to charge two St. Paul police officers for alleged police brutality in the arrest of Eric Hightower in August. (11/30/2012)
Byron Smith, the Little Falls man who authorities say admitted killing two teenagers because they broke into his home, was a highly trained State Department security engineer responsible for protecting U.S. embassies from terrorism and espionage. (11/28/2012)
The Little Falls man charged with the murders of two teenagers previously worked for the U.S. State Department overseas as a security engineer. (11/27/2012)
Joseph Machlitt, who faces criminal charges for allegedly sexually abusing a boy in 1980 at a Faribault boarding school, recently worked as a substitute teacher at a private school in St. Paul. (11/26/2012)
A second former teacher at a Faribault boarding school faces criminal charges for alleged sexual abuse of a student. (11/21/2012)
Apparently, reporters around town have been acting like -- get this -- journalists. And the police department isn't too pleased. (11/20/2012)
Police have released the names of a woman and her two grandchildren killed in a fiery crash between a car and a school bus in Inver Grove Heights. (11/19/2012)
At least three people died Friday in a fiery head-on collision between a school bus and a car in Inver Grove Heights, police said. (11/16/2012)
Minneapolis police have given the all clear after they responded to a report of shots fired inside a downtown office building. (11/16/2012)
Prosecutors charged a promoter of the Lumberjack Days festival in Stillwater with 10 criminal counts alleging he transferred more than money into personal bank accounts instead of paying festival contractors. (11/09/2012)
In an emotional and historic contest, Minnesota voters defeated the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, striking a blow to same-sex marriage opponents who had succeeded in passing ballot measures in 30 other states. (11/07/2012)
Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election. (11/07/2012)
A Dakota County hearing that exposed problems with drug testing at the St. Paul Police crime lab concluded testimony today. (10/23/2012)
The case is one of more than a hundred in which evidence was sent to the state-run Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for retesting after the St. Paul crime lab suspended drug testing in July amid allegations of shoddy science. (10/22/2012)
A trove of some 14,500 pages from the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files" have been made public, and the files show that on numerous occasions local officials helped cover up abuse allegations. (10/18/2012)