Brandt Williams Feature Archive

After a key lawmaker abandoned his push for universal background checks for gun buyers, House DFLers are now crafting a bill to expand background checks to private sales that occur at gun shows. Lawmakers say the revamped bill will also include provisions that are popular with Republicans and more conservative Democrats. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Thursday night. (03/21/2013)
A House proposal to extend background checks to nearly all state gun sales may face a close committee vote Tuesday. (03/19/2013)
A federal jury in Minneapolis on Tuesday found three men guilty of multiple racketeering charges for their affiliation with a Native American gang. The three men are involved with the Native Mob, which the FBI describes as one of the largest and most violent crime organizations in the country. After deliberating for more than five days, the jury found the three men guilty on several counts. (03/19/2013)
Authorities are investigating a vehicle-LRT collision in south Minneapolis, a Metro Transit spokesman said. (03/18/2013)
The Dakota County Attorney's office filed burglary charges this week against an Eden Prairie man suspected of breaking into several assisted-living complexes. (03/15/2013)
Closing arguments are under way Tuesday in the racketeering trial of three men in a Native American gang. (03/12/2013)
The relatively high rate of rape in Minneapolis compared to other major cities is due to a broader definition of assaults, according to police. (03/11/2013)
The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by Congress earlier this week will have some impact in Minneapolis. (03/08/2013)
The new head of the St. Paul branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the agency will focus less on white collar crime in order to crack down on violent crime. (03/06/2013)
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau teaches a night class at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis to current and prospective officers about how to better understand the different communities they interact with. (03/06/2013)
The gun control debate continues this week at the Capitol with a DFL legislator planning to introduce a bill that will not include universal background checks for gun sales. (03/05/2013)
The Hennepin County Attorney's office on Monday charged three suspected gang members in connection with a series of burglaries and shootings. (03/04/2013)
The number of Minnesotans with permits to carry handguns in public continues to climb. (03/01/2013)
A House DFL leader announced a gun control bill at the Capitol Thursday, which does not include a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines. (02/28/2013)
The Hennepin County Attorney's office filed kidnapping charges Friday against a 30-year-old Minneapolis woman. (02/22/2013)