Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

A state-run program for mentally ill patients, faced with overwhelming demand, moved several patients into a medical treatment area last week in a last-ditch effort to avoid legal action, according to internal emails obtained by MPR News. (12/14/2012)
Nearly two weeks ago, Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed in the central Minnesota town of Cold Spring. Police investigators don't have a suspect in custody. And they're still searching for the murder weapon. (12/11/2012)
Court documents show a Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting two teenagers has a surveillance system that recorded video of the cousins as they broke into his home Thanksgiving Day. (12/10/2012)
Officers who responded to the shooting of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker outside a bar last week were confused about whether to allow bar patrons to leave and where to set up a perimeter, according to an audio recording of the dispatch. (12/07/2012)
Police have released few details about the fatal shooting Thursday of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker. (12/04/2012)
The Stearns County Attorney says she still doesn't have enough evidence to charge Ryan Larson with the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker. (12/04/2012)
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)