Brandt Williams Feature Archive

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative's director, Lee Blons, says Beacon has secured a site near Southdale Mall to provide housing and other services for suburban homeless youth. (04/28/2014)
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says unused drugs are often misused, and misuse often leads to abuse of illegal drugs, such as heroin. (04/26/2014)
A new report defines gun-related incidents as reports of people shot at, wounded by gunfire, guns being fired or used in some other form of crime. In 2012 there were 1,025 such reports, the city said. In 2013 that number increased to 1,442. (04/23/2014)
Minnesota law enforcement officers issued 550 citations for texting while driving during a 10 day distracted driving enforcement campaign. (04/21/2014)
Sherman Patterson brings a unique background to the work of building relationships. He's a retired soldier, a mentor to kids on the north side, and nephew of a heavyweight boxing champion. Patterson is also the recipient of a $100,000 Bush Foundation Fellowship, which he says he'll use to help keep kids away from guns. (04/16/2014)
Prosecutors charged a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old, both of Minneapolis, with numerous counts of aggravated robbery and assault. They say the robbery spree happened last month, and included attacking a man who got off the bus and stabbing him in the neck. (04/15/2014)
A Minneapolis police officer at the center of two police brutality lawsuits that have cost the city more than $400,000 has also been investigated more than a dozen times. Yet so far, Officer Michael Griffin has never been disciplined. Critics say Griffin's case raises questions about the city's system of oversight and discipline for officers. (04/11/2014)
Gun dealers are required to report lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours. The number of lost or stolen guns from FFLs has dropped since 2012 when 169 were reported missing. (04/08/2014)
Twins officials say the 35,837 fans in the stands watched another disappointing stat unfold, too: This was the Twins third home opener loss in row. The A's beat the home team 8 to 3. (04/08/2014)
Many immigrants and refugees in Minnesota face barriers to equal access in employment, education, health care and other basic needs, according to a report released Wednesday. (04/02/2014)
The new food options include the porketta 'slugger' from Chisholm's Spike said Valentini's, rib tips from The Butcher and the Boar, and Kramarczuk's offering of a hot dog inside a bratwurst, wrapped in bacon. (04/01/2014)
Snow removal has taken more time this year because of the heavy snows this winter, head groundskeeper Larry DiVito said. Workers have been melting snow and ice in the stands hosing them down with hot water. (03/31/2014)
Gun control bills typically don't gain traction in election years, but a couple of proposals are moving through the Legislature this session. Unlike the sweeping proposals that failed last year, the bills this session are more modest and have bipartisan support. (03/28/2014)
Major League Baseball is requiring all teams to have new security measures in place by the 2015 season but has not told teams how they must do so. (03/25/2014)
Drivers who don't wear their seat belts or use proper restraints for their children may end up with a traffic ticket this week. (03/22/2014)