Chao Xiong

Reporter | Regional
Phone: 612-673-4391
Chao Xiong covers public safety news in St. Paul and Ramsey County for the Star Tribune.

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Jan. 13: Beating victim can attend trial, judge rules

A Ramsey County District judge ruled that he can sit in on the trial of one of his accused attackers.

Updated: January 13, 2014, - 09:51 PM

Jan. 10: Tensions flare in Day 3 of Butler trial

Emotions ran high Friday when the victim of a brutal beating last summer on St. Paul’s East showed up at the trial of one of his accused attackers. His presence set off a vociferous battle between Assistant Ramsey County Attorney David Miller and defense attorney Christopher Zipko.

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 10:46 PM

St. Paul man gets record 40-year sentence for sex-trafficking

Judge gives a defiant Otis Washington 40 years in prison.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 10:34 PM

Witness puts suspect at scene of brutal East Side attack

A teenager who testified Wednesday in the trial of Cindarion D. Butler, charged in the near-fatal attack on Ray Widstrand last August, contradicted previous statements she made to police.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 09:47 PM

Maplewood man blinded in St. Paul New Year's Eve attack

A 51-year-old from Maplewood had surgery after he was poked in St. Paul early on New Year’s Day.

Updated: January 02, 2014, - 11:28 PM

Despite St. Paul crime lab failings, few convictions overturned

State public defenders have had little success getting drug-related convictions re-examined following a court case that exposed widespread failings at the former St. Paul crime lab.

Updated: December 26, 2013, - 05:54 AM

GPS helps Twin Cities police solve crimes, but stirs privacy debate

But critics worry about privacy — when, where and how it’s used by law enforcement officers.

Updated: December 25, 2013, - 08:10 AM

Warning: E-mail scam orders people to come to court

The Minnesota Judicial Branch is warning people about a scam that falsely claims that they have to appear in court.Callers...

Updated: December 23, 2013, - 08:22 PM

2 charged in theft of scrap metal at shuttered St. Paul Ford plant

Burglaries at the nonfunctioning plant at 966 S. Mississippi River Blvd. have gotten so bad that trail cameras were set up to catch thieve.

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 09:13 PM

Ramsey County sex trafficker given 36-year sentence

It's the longest term handed down in Minnesota for such crimes, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 08:56 PM

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