Brandt Williams Feature Archive

Under a bill approved Tuesday by both houses of the Legislature, people convicted of fifth degree assault, domestic assault or domestic assault by strangulation who are later arrested with firearms can now receive the harshest prison sentences allowed under state law. (05/14/2014)
The complaint contradicts police accounts which claim they shot Franklin after he managed to grab an officer's gun and wound two officers. (05/09/2014)
According to the charges, on Monday Neal Curtis Zumberge fired a 12-gauge shotgun at Todd Stevens, fatally wounding him. Zumberge, 57, also shot Jennifer Damerow Cleven, who survived, authorities said. (05/07/2014)
Most of the money for the stations came from a $220,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the rest came from the city and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. (05/07/2014)
Marion Guerrido, 23, faces misdemeanor charges for driving without a driver's license and driving without insurance, and a petty misdemeanor for not properly restraining one of the five children in the car. (05/07/2014)
The Minnesota House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to let judges demand that people served with domestic abuse protection orders surrender their guns. (04/30/2014)
About a dozen residents met with Minneapolis police officials last week to talk about a recent encounter with the police. Some say the underlying cause of such incidents is racial profiling - that police are targeting them because of the color of their skin. (04/29/2014)
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)